This tree is the usual resting place of my friend the Red Tail Hawk that I keep trying to get closer to to get better photographs of.
I spotted a Hawk in the tree, so I got in my truck and drove towards the tree in an attempt to get closer, I drove up to within 55 yards of the tree and stopped and started taking pictures with my Nikon with the 70-300VR lens on and realized that I had gotten quite closer than usual to the Hawk and didn't know till I downloaded the photographs to my computer that I had been taking pictures of NOT the Red Tail Hawk, but a Red Shoulder Hawk, seems we do tend to get excited at getting good pictures instead of who we are shooting..lol.
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Red Shoulder Hawk (Juvenile Lineatus)
Isn't he just handsome
The next series of photographs is of an American Kestrel that also decided to land in the tree later in the day when I drove back to the tree and stopped about 30 yards from the tree in hopes of a Hawk stopping by again while I sat in my truck waiting.
I sat in the truck for about a half hour at around 3 in the evening and a Kestrel landed in the tree, and this time I had on my 2X converter on my 70-300VR lens in hopes of getting better photos of a Hawk, I was so glad I had it on because a Kestrel is only about 10 1/2 inches tall, so I was able to get fairly detailed photos of him.