April 7, 2022
- as seen by -Leslie Scopes Anderson
It was a glorious sight on a clear but frigid morning in far northern California. The entire countryside was covered with a sparkling feathery frost. I had just stepped out of my cabin when I spotted this dark-morph red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Its chocolate coloration contrasted nicely with the azure blue sky and can be seen year-round in up to 20 percent of North American red-tails.
I carefully went back for my camera and was barely able to capture this shot as the hawk took wing.
Sometimes it pays to brave extreme conditions to get a unique photo.
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Nikon D4, Nikkor 200-400 Lens