A heck of a fun image I captured Sunday. I had spent the previous hour photographing this guy in a couple of different perches. The last, this one, was out in the wide open at the top of a relatively short tree – a rarity with these creatures.
After capturing some nice poses, he decided he was done and took flight, stretching his wings and his legs. The pose is quite impressive – as are those talons.
He did catch me off guard so I was zoomed in a bit too much resulting in the top of the one wing being cut off and my shutter speed was too slow to totally freeze the wings as the moved. Nevertheless, I am pleased as punch with the image.