Last week I was fortunate enough to find a few birds of prey to photograph. While traveling through southwest North Dakota, I captured a number of images of a Bald Eagle in flight. Although it was a blustery, gusty day, he rode the winds with masterful control. (Click on each image to see them in larger format.)
After pulling off the highway and onto the county road leading home, I noticed a small hawk struggling to keep his balance atop of a cedar tree. I managed to get a few shots of him before he tired from fighting the swaying branches and flew away. He was later identified as a Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk.
And about a mile from home, a Rough-legged Hawk, which is a common winter visitor, tried to lay low on a power pole. With the brisk wind strafing his face, he soon relinquished his perch to find a place better sheltered.