Hawk in Forest Park – St. Louis, Missouri

Several years ago, when I was following my friend Edward Crim’s Forest Park 365 project (which I highly recommend to you), through his images and words I became more aware of just how much wildlife there is that calls Forest Park home. At the end of last year, on a lunch time walk, I came across this little guy sitting in a tree. I call him a “little guy” because in the third picture he certainly appears, to this untrained eye, to be a juvenile, which may be one explanation for his odd behavior of just sitting in a tree branch for a long while and not flying away immediately upon my approach. He did fly away a couple of times and once I chased him down, before he flew away too far. Alas, I only had a little 50mm lens with me, so these images involved a fair amount of cropping. Not that I actually have a fantastic wildlife lens mind you 🙂 At any rate, some of these turned out fairly decently.

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14 thoughts on “Hawk in Forest Park – St. Louis, Missouri

  1. Fantastic! I have been hoping to get that close to photograph hawks for a long time. You have set the bar very high and I am definitely inspired. Thank you so much for sharing these.

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  2. I would say that “fairly decent” is an understatement. The first shot is especially amazing! Would you mind explaining to me what vignetting is?

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  3. “Fairly decently”!! These are incredible shots. Absolutely gorgeous. What a tremendous bird, and how nice that he kindly stuck around for you a bit. I am enamored of hawks and envy you your close encounter!

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