This is the field over which we were watching the hawks hunt. The sunset glow accentuated the breast coloration.
Unlike the landscape, getting a photo of the hawks, was very challenging. They were in constant motion and our little super-zoom camera does not stop motion very well.
The first two photos are taken of hawks as they skimmed back and forth over the surface of the field. Though there were two birds hunting, I am not sure whether these photos are of one or two individuals.
However, both images are likely of females which, per the descriptions in Hawks at a Distance by Jerry Liguori, have dark streaks that juveniles lack. The rufous breast color can occur with either females or juveniles. The books also indicates that the flying pattern and the distinctive white rump with long tail identify this raptor. The white patch is certainly very pronounced and shows up well in these two images.
|Canon SX50 HS - ISO-400, f/6.5, 1/125s|
|Canon SX50 HS - ISO-400, f/6.5, 1/80s|
|Canon SX50 HS - ISO-400, f/6.5, 1/640s|
|Canon SX50 HS - ISO-400, f/6.5, 1/1000s|