|Swainson's hawk stooping|
Of all the hawks that I have seen and photographed, the Swainson's hawk seems to be my constant companion. I see this hawk, more often than not, every summer. It doesn't seem to matter where I am, or what I am doing at the time. As a result, some of my best wildlife photos feature this particular raptor.
|Swainson's Hawk in flight|
|In the tree top|
|Swainson's in glorious color|
It was a focusing nightmare for a photographer, especially an amateur like myself. But seeing the Swainson's hawk so clearly and so perfectly portrayed, meant that I really wanted some photos showing him just like that. I didn't hesitate for an instant. Although, as I was taking pictures of this magnificent bird, with my shutter on the fastest possible speed, I was sending out a general prayer to the universe for the pictures to come out clear.
The windy conditions had me twisting, turning, crouching and stretching myself to keep the hawk in view of the camera's lens, but in the process I got one of those feelings that said simply: some of the photos turned out alright. By the time the hawk flew off, my memory card was full, which meant I was done for the day. I headed home happy and totally wired with excitement. In fact, I was so excited that I didn't even take time, like I usually do, to eat and drink something before I sat down at the computer to upload the photos. As you can see from the last two photos above, if you click to enlarge them, I had good reason to be and good reason to share.