Red Tailed Hawk with Prey by David Friederich

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This Red Tailed Hawk has just captured a North American Robin, and is protecting its catch from a rival perched nearby. I had parked my car on a road adjacent the Fraser River in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, to photograph foraging songbirds, including robins, when I heard a cacophany of hawk calls, and soon witnessed this scene. I was actually unaware that the hawk had prey in its grasp until I uploaded the images to my computer. This image was captured using a Nikon D700, 600 mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter, mounted on a Gitzo monopod with the ISO set at 800, white balance set at 5500, the aperture at 6.3, and the shutter speed at 1/1000 of a second.

The North American robin is a very common songbird in this area, and is beginning to return from its winter migration. Because they occur in vast numbers, they are a favourite prey for raptors. The red tailed hawk is the largest hawk to inhabit this area.

If I could live my life to live over, I would be a biologist because nature provides me with such joy and passion. I am able to capture and share my experiences in nature with good camera gear, and through the medium of RedBubble. I hope you enjoy my work capturing scenes from nature.

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  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Wow to see these birds up close and how they actually eat small birds is a trip.. no babys but small full grown birds! wow David wonderful work!! Sending you hugs too!

  • She must have captured the robin only moments before I came along, Lina. I was able to snap off a few shots, before she took off for greater privacy. It was indeed a trip, for sure. Hugs to you, too.

    – David Friederich

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    fabulous picture, just so beautiful,dawnx

  • Thank you, Dawn.

    – David Friederich

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Dinner with friends….or should that be dinner of friends ! Wow he’s a beauty David, awesome capture and details as always,

  • Don’t know if the poor robin would regard this as dining out, but this hawk had to protect her catch from a rival that was trying to dine with/on the robin himself. Thank you Trudi for the very nice compliment.

    – David Friederich

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    WOW !!! you must be delighted with shot, its amazing, Ann

  • I was totally delighted, Ann. Thank you.

    – David Friederich

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    Not what you expected, so even more wonderful – but not for poor robin. Life in the wild is very precarious.

  • Wonderful for me to witness an aspect of nature few see, but yes, the poor robin will not be breeding and raising young this year. But she may help this hawk to do that. Thank you, Jesika.

    – David Friederich

  • Sherry Lynn Crawford
    Sherry Lynn Cr...over 4 years ago

    WOW! Seriously great shot!

  • Thank you, Sherry. I am very happy with this one.

    – David Friederich

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot …. that must’ve been the best feeling seeing it that close and getting the shot!

  • Because of the light, and distance, I was not able to see that the hawk had a robin in her grasp until I uploaded. Thank you for commenting, Byron.

    – David Friederich

  • PixelLab
    PixelLabover 4 years ago

    Love the intense look on the hawks face, fantastic shot.

  • She was taking hunting and her catch very seriously, I think. Thank you so much for your comment.

    – David Friederich

  • mltrue
    mltrueover 4 years ago

    excellent! Are you going to watch or photograph any of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver? I was thinking of you when they promoted it on tv yesterday.

  • I am attending two events, and hope to enjoy the atmosphere. There are 250 thousand athletes and media descending on the city, and several hundred thousand spectators and guests from around the world. It’s going to be a huge two week party. I can’t wait! Thank you for commenting, Michelle.

    – David Friederich

  • PDPhoto
    PDPhotoover 4 years ago

    Yet another fantastic shot from you David. Keep it up your pictures are a joy to see and provide inspiration. An instant fave.

  • Thanks so much, Paul. I really value your comments and support.

    – David Friederich

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