In the fall of 2018, I did not travel up to Portland, Maine to see the way-off-course vagrant Great Black Hawk. That bird, a juvenile, was quite the celebrity, and I know many who made the trek to see and photograph it. I opted to literally sit that “event” out.
So it was a particular thrill when we found this adult Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga) perched along the banks of the Río Madre de Dios (literally, the Mother of God River). A life bird for me, he allowed our boat to linger and drift close enough to get some good photographs. I will likely be posting as many as three or even four photographs of this bird, starting with this classic pose.
All of these photographs of this Great Black Hawk were taken hand-held, from the boat. I used my lighter 100-400mm lens with a 1.4x teleconverter, giving me an effective reach of 560mm. I would have preferred to be using my prime 500mm lens, but handholding that on a moving boat is quite difficult due to its 7 pound weight.
You might be able to see little white specks surrounding the bird. No, my lens wasn’t dirty. Those are some sort of insect that was constantly swarming the hawk. They didn’t seem to bother the bird, but I imagine they would have driven you and me nuts.
Look at its talons and beak. This bird is all business.
Río Madre de Dios
Manú Province, Madre de Dios, Peru
I think I can call this a bucket shot. I like to shoot a wide variety of genres. My wildlife photography is pretty limited. Had I not come home with this shot, I still would have been grateful for the hours I spent watch these enormous, agile creatures.
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