Photo of the Day: Broad-winged Hawk

by John Briggs on September 5, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Bird Photography Weekly, Blog, Photo of the Day

Broad-winged Hawk – Buteo platypterus

Late Saturday afternoon, Sharon and I were driving along a decrepit logging road looking for wildlife. We saw two bull Moose on the other side of a large pond eating vegetation. I found it odd that these males were in such close proximity to each other because the annual “rut” begins in a week or two. While watching the Moose, we heard a Boreal Chickadee and several Gray Jays, but neither species were seen to our dismay.

We continued driving deeper into the woods, seeing the occasional Warbler, Raven, Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, etc. Just after rounding a sharp turn, I saw something in a tree along the road, but wasn’t sure what it was. I stopped, turned around in my seat and looked around. Just off the edge of the road, about eye level, was a Broad-winged Hawk perched on a branch.

Bird Photography: Broad-winged Hawk

The Hawk was preening and seemed completely oblivious to our presence. I took advantage of this and slowly got out of the car. Crouching down, I made my way to the front of the car and started taking photos of this beautiful raptor. To my amazement, the Hawk continued to ignore us. We watched it for several minutes, and then it took flight.

I haven’t had much experience with this Hawk, and actually didn’t know for sure which species it was. I want to say thanks to the folks in my circles at Google+ for help in ID’ing this Hawk.

The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography | All Rights Reserved

Happy Birding!

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