Kip’s Comments 3-11-19

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight - Image 549119 (© Kip Ladage)

 

What Prey Might See and Using Nature’s Reflectors For Lighting

After work today I noticed a pair of red-tailed hawks sort of side-by-side on utility poles. One hawk allowed photos to be taken and the other took flight with little provocation. As the hawks changed their positions I continued to shoot pictures. While studying the images during the editing process, I realized that prey species might not see much approaching them when pursued by a red-tailed hawk. Take a look at the flight picture… image looking toward the sky and trying to discern what the movement is approaching at a high rate of speed. By the time you recognized it you would be feeling the talons sinking deep into your fur. It’s no wonder hawks and other raptors are such effective predator species.   

Red-tailed Hawk on Utility Pole and in Flight: 

Red-tailed Hawk on Utility Pole - Image 549134 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk on Utility Pole – Image 549134 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight - Image 549119 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight – Image 549119 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight - Image 549123 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk in Flight – Image 549123 (© Kip Ladage)

           

A bit later I took advantage of the afternoon light to photograph some rooster ring-necked pheasants in snow. They certainly looked nice!   

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow:

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow - Image 549139 (© Kip Ladage)

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow – Image 549139 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow - Image 549142 (© Kip Ladage)

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow – Image 549142 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow - Image 549153 (© Kip Ladage)

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow – Image 549153 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow - Image 549155 (© Kip Ladage)

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow – Image 549155 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow - Image 549165 (© Kip Ladage)

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow – Image 549165 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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