Friday Field Foto #38: Hawk in Patagonia
Not all my photographs from doing geological field work are of rocks or scenery. A consequence of doing field work in remote areas is encountering wildlife (ideally, not as prey).
A few years ago, I was in Patagonia looking at some Cretaceous turbidites and we stopped to take a little break when we got to the top of a ridge. The weather was decent (for once) and it was a beautiful view, so we sat there and enjoyed some lunch. After about 20 minutes a hawk landed on the relatively narrow ridge we were sitting on … maybe 10-15 meters away from us.
It just sat there for 10-15 minutes … long enough for me to put the big zoom lens on the camera and get a good photograph. I don’t think we were near its nest or anything — it was neither aggressive nor defensive … it actually seemed quite indifferent. We were so mesmerized watching it, we couldn’t get up and get back to work until it flew off. Unfortunately, it flew off soon after I snapped this photo so we started working again.