Aerial Pursuit

State/Province/Region
New Mexico
Nearest Area
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Town
Socorro, NM
Brief Directions

From Socorro, drive south 22 miles, turn east on 380, then south on 1.

Notes

F 5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400, 400 mm

Description

I have photographed birds at Bosque del Apache several times. I usually photograph the large concentrations of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, but occasionally I am able to photograph raptors. In this case, I saw a hawk sitting on a branch, so I pulled up and used my truck as a blind. When he took flight, I did not notice there was another hawk in the tree. Just as I was framing the hawk I saw, the other one took flight right behind him. The action took place far enough away that, even at full zoom, they both fit in the frame. Sometimes, it just pays to be lucky.

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Date Added
September 15, 2021
Date Taken
September 9, 2021