Hawks. Gorgeous, majestic, jerky hawks. As you may know, Jamie and I are still on a mission to get a nice picture of a hawk, and it isn’t that this is an impossible task – its that hawks are giant jerks. Every so often one will tease me by flying by close enough for me to get a great shot, and never when I have my camera. Today was another one of those days. I was going into my room to get changed, and looked out the window to see a hawk flying about 2 storeys below and about 20 feet from my building. You know, perfect distance for a great shot. I decided that just in case this hawk was awesome, I would get my camera and telephoto lens and go out to the balcony for a little while. I couldn’t spend too long out there, but figured I would try.
There I was, out on the balcony waiting to see if this guy would come back and getting rather cold. Not that it was a really cold day today, but I decided not to put on a jacket. Just as I was getting tired of waiting, I spotted him flying diagonally across the street toward one of the tallest condo buildings. He circled and perched close to the top.
I waited for him to make a move, deep down wishing that he would fly my way. My hopes started to rise as I thought “Today is the day!”. Suddenly it happened, he took off again! But then flew up to the roof, where suddenly I realized there was another one! This was incredible. My hopes skyrocketed as now I knew I was going to have two chances.
I stood there, watching, waiting. My heart pounding with excitement. I knew something was going to happen, something amazing. And then it did. He leaped up and landed on top of the other one. A smile washed over his face and there was a fury of wing flapping and movement.
After he was finished up, true to the animal kingdom, he quickly flew off but kept a solid distance from me and the hawk shot of my dreams. Today’s shot of the day, is the best I managed to get.
Now you are thinking, wait, you had another chance! Well, yes, I sure did and she decided to take off seemingly flying in my direction, only to veer off and fly away and out of sight.
Today was not the day.
This was taken on my Canon 7D with the Sigma 80-400mm at 400mm, at 1/1000 of a second, F7.1, and in ISO of 160. Today was a pretty overcast day.