I had an interesting experience this morning. I was at my usual haunt in Marana, photographing raptors and a car pulled up as I was shooting this juvenile Red Tailed Hawk as he was sitting on a telephone pole. The occupants were just sitting in the car observing what I was doing. After the hawk left and flew down a few poles away, I approached the car and we exchanged “good mornings” and the gentleman said that he was a master falconer and his apprentice wanted to capture that hawk as his first bird. I didn’t like that idea but what could I do except object. I watched as they went about their task of trapping this hawk. After they had him I approached and took a few shots. So beautiful, and not meant to be a captive. He didn’t sustain any injuries and was just a gorgeous bird, but I sure didn’t like the idea of him losing his freedom, but they were not to be disuaded. So I left them about their business. I know that falconers treat their birds well, but how can anyone deny these icons of freedom their very freedom? I was a bit saddened by this experience.
Shot in Marana AZ


  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful Marvin, and so sad as I feel like yourself, they are meant to be free…

  • Thank you Carol

    – Marvin Collins

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopeneralmost 5 years ago

    One of the finest shots I have seen you put on RB Marvin……and as for the other pair of Pr**ks…..someday they might be denied their freedom…..what goes around, comes around!!!!!!!

  • Thank you very much and i wish you were right

    – Marvin Collins

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    excellent work,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Thanks Scott

    – Marvin Collins

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnalmost 5 years ago

    A stunning portrait my friend! Excellent work!

  • Thank you Torfinn

    – Marvin Collins

  • Loreto Bautista Jr.
    Loreto Bautist...almost 5 years ago

    Love that close up shot…we just hope the bird will be treated well.

  • Thanks Bot, I think he will be treated well

    – Marvin Collins

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning image, but too bad he can’t roam free anymore. Maybe he’ll escape someday :)

  • Thank you Gary, we can only hope

    – Marvin Collins

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenalmost 5 years ago

    A beautiful image…I hope he will have a good life!

  • Thank you Ellen

    – Marvin Collins

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutley gorgoeus love that clairtiy OMG

  • Thanks Jeff

    – Marvin Collins

  • JRobinWhitley
    JRobinWhitleyalmost 5 years ago

    GREAT shot. That is sad that this fellow lost his freedom. You are an amazing person Marvin!

  • Thank you Robin

    – Marvin Collins

  • cdudak
    cdudakalmost 5 years ago

    I feel as you do Marvin, they are meant to be free. Wonderful capture of this beautiful bird.

  • Thank you Kay

    – Marvin Collins

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