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Ferruginous Hawk takes flight

This gorgeous raptor was sitting among a prairie dog colony yesterday, waiting for one of the little rodents to pop its head up. I was hopping to get pics of it snagging one but a big truck came by and it took flight.

While the action is very cool, I am disappointed in the quality. I was having some issues with my gear at various points yesterday so these aren’t as sharp as they should be. Hopefully the problems were just a transient error and nothing more significant. ?

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A Ferruginous Hawk launches into the air in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk launches into the air in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk makes close flyby

This one caught me a bit off guard.  My son and I were taking a bit of a photo drive yesterday afternoon when we spotted this Ferruginous Hawk sitting in a field.  We stopped, got out, and walked closer for a better view.

Before getting anywhere near, it took off.  Initially we were disappointed but to our surprise, rather than heading in the opposite direction, it flew right toward us.  I scrambled to get my camera up to my eye and focus it, managing to get off a few captures before it was gone.  Had to shoot toward the sun but that was mitigated a bit by the fact it was so close.

These hawks are quite large – oftentimes being mistaken for eagles when in the air – and become pretty common during the winter months here in Colorado.  Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A Ferruginous Hawk performs a flyby in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk performs a flyby in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Another ‘white whale’ sighting

Alright, this guy (or gal) is driving me nuts.

This is the second season I have been trying to get decent pictures of this gorgeous Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk and yesterday, yet again, it tortured me. I spotted it near Denver International Airport? down in a field, likely with a kill.

Quickly I snapped this (poor quality) image of it. Wanting more, this time I decided to be extra stealthy and put myself out of sight on the other side of a slight rise from it. Very carefully and quietly I crept up the hill and as I poked my head above, off it went, never even giving me a chance to snap another image.

I am starting to feel like Captain Ahab. Sigh.

A Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk keeps watch from a spot on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk keeps watch from a spot on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A return of seasonal raptors

Out for a drive after work yesterday and a sign of the changing seasons. I saw my first Ferruginous Hawks in the area since this past spring as well as a good looking juvenile Bald Eagle.

The Dark Morph Ferruginous is a bit of a ‘white whale’ for me as he / she tormented me last year, never allowing me a great shot of it. Today it at least sat for a bit but the harsh early afternoon light was far from ideal – plus I totally blew its launch. 🙁

The juvy Bald Eagle was one of three I saw but the only one of them to get close.

A Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk keeps close watch.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Dark Morph Ferruginous Hawk keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk perched north of Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk perched north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Bald Eagle performs a flyby.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Bald Eagle performs a flyby. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk keeps watch on the shutterbug

A nice shot of my favorite type of hawk. Taken back in December, this gorgeous raptor had just left its perch and was giving me a nice flyby – all the while keeping a close watch on me. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A Ferruginous Hawk takes flight through the Colorado skies.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk takes flight through the Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk gets its closeup

It’s been a while since I posted a pic of my favorite type of hawk.  This gorgeous example was hanging out northeast of Denver back in January.  While the image is cropped for effect, it is clear that it let me get quite close to it.  I haven’t too many of these here lately as many of them go north for the summer where it is cooler.

Closeup of a Ferruginous Hawk in rural Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Closeup of a Ferruginous Hawk in rural Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Fabulous Ferruginous Hawk for a Friday

An extraordinarily beautiful Ferruginous Hawk is seen right after launching into the air.  As one of my favorite raptors, I never pass up an opportunity to take pictures of these.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to come across this one that almost seemed to sense exactly what I was wanting.  It was perched on a utility pole and sat calmly while I got into position and ready to take pictures.  Then it launched into the air allowing me to capture it in all its glory.  It moved to the next pole and it and I repeated the sequence again, and again.  Amazing!

You can view the complete gallery below.  The images actually comprise two separate launch sequences.

A Ferruginous Hawk is seen soon after launching into the air in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk is seen soon after launching into the air in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fabulous Ferruginous Hawk

Out on our usual weekend photo drive this past weekend, my son and I spent a good bit of time watching and photographing this awesome raptor.

These are my favorite hawks of any. From the coloring of their plumage to that unmistakable ‘joker smile’, I just love their look.

They also are quite tolerant of people making them great photo subjects. They can be found across much of the open country of the western United States and much of Mexico.

A Ferruginous Hawk keeps watch from the top of a utility pole. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk keeps watch from the top of a utility pole. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Ferruginous Hawk rearranges on its roost

This very handsome Ferruginous Hawk was in the process of turning itself around on the branch it was perched on and briefly spread its wings to keep its balance.

These hawks are absolutely gorgeous with their gray and brown coloring highlighted by the white of their chests and the underside of their wings.  This one was hanging out at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and allowed me to grab a number of pictures as it surveyed the area.

Unfortunately I totally missed a picture perfect launch when it took off right over me and I was not prepared.  Frustrating!  😉

A Ferruginous Hawk spreads its wings to keep its balance as it rearranges on its perch.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk spreads its wings to keep its balance as it rearranges on its perch. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk makes a landing

Touchdown! A Ferruginous Hawk makes a landing on a utility pole this afternoon. The right talon slipped a bit but it recovered nicely and was able to then keep watch over the nearby prairie dog colony.

A Ferruginous Hawk makes a landing on a utility pole in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk makes a landing on a utility pole in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)