Hoekman shot it in his Ivins, Utah, backyard while standing behind a five-foot brick wall. He held his Sony A77 camera and 70-400mm lens on the top of the wall. The hawk had just caught a sparrow and was perched on an iron railing below a mimosa tree. “The Sharp-shinned noticed me, but all he could see was my head and the camera,” Hoekman says. “It seemed more interested in finishing the sparrow. The out-of-focus green at the bottom of the picture is the top of an oleander bush I was shooting over.”
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