Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus), Schertz, Texas, February 5, 2011, at 11:20 a.m., by Lora Render
Published: August 26, 2011
Subscriber and photographer Lora Render was driving to 190-acre Crescent Bend Nature Park, in the floodplain of Cibolo Creek, northeast of San Antonio, Texas, when she saw a Red-shouldered Hawk. It was perched on a cedar post on the opposite side of the road, so she pulled around, parked just off the road, and exited her car with her camera up.
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus), by Lora Render
Then she started walking slowly toward the hawk. Render was so fixated on the bird that she didn’t see a dip in the side of the road, and she tumbled down, camera and all. When she righted herself again, her Canon seemed fine, but her ankle was sprained.
She figured all the commotion was certain to scare away the hawk, but it was still there. She sensed it was about to fly, however, and anticipated the direction it would go. As soon as she raised and focused her camera, the bird took off. She took this great shot and six others.
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, handheld
Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, focal length 400mm
Settings: ISO 320, 1/2500, f/5.6, aperture priority AE, center-weighted average metering, AI Servo AF, peripheral illumination correction enabled, high-speed continuous shooting drive mode
Light: Natural, no flash
Adjustments: Cropped 30% in Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0