Nature clicks #83 - Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Nikon D300s, Sigma 50-500mm / f4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM

On my way back from a customer of mine I stopped at several places along the Mississippi and looked for photo opportunities. I found Bald Eagles and Tundra Swans again but because of a strong gray overcast in the afternoon I wasn't so happy with the image quality. The light sucked and so did the colors.

There is only one exception today and this is because it is a "first one" for me. I never had a chance before to capture a picture of a Red-tailed Hawk, despite the fact it is the most common buteo in North America. I saw the bird while driving down a gravel road towards the Green Island Wetlands. It took me four stops before I succeded. The background isn't ideal but I was happy that the hawk was at least not obstructed by a branch and I like the pose of the bird. I know there is room for improvement, but hey, it is my first Red-tailed Hawk… :-)