Canon PowerShot SX260 HS; 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 200, focal length 49.0mm
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FEATURED in The Birds, August 29, 2012

I’ve heard this hawk many times, but this is the first time I got to see it. It was on a utility post on the street next to mine, and of course I had to stop and get a few shots. It looks like it has an injured or deformed wing, but it does fly around quite well. Usually when I hear it, it’s up in the trees out of my sight. I was on my way out to try to find some wildlife to photograph with my new point and shoot, curious about the zoom capability, when this opportunity popped up! Taken in Dunnellon, Florida.

If anyone can identify what kind of hawk this is, I’d appreciate the info. I thought it might be a red-tailed hawk, but I don’t see any red in that tail!


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Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture of one of my favorite birds, Dot…

  • Thank you, Carol. They sure are loud squawkers!

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanalmost 2 years ago

    Terrific job, Dot!

  • Thanks so much, Monnie!

    – AuntDot

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    Superbly captured.

  • Thanks for your kind comment, Julie!

    – AuntDot

    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thanks a million, Sylvia!

    – AuntDot

  • Vitta
    Vittaalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely Portrait!!!

  • Thanks very much, Vitta!

    – AuntDot

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutalmost 2 years ago

    Focus is dead on… he look grumpy.

  • Thank you, Maria! Yes, he does look a bit grumpy. I tried to get him while his mouth was open as he squawked, but he wouldn’t cooperate. I was so happy to see him on that post, though…I’ve been trying to see him for ages. I could hear him, but not see him up in the trees. (or her?)

    – AuntDot

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful detailed capture of this beauty Dot. If I can help you out, I am almost positive this is actually a Peregrine Falcon based on the broad black streak below the eye and it’s overall marking. Not 100% sure though. Beautiful capture my dear. :)

  • Hi Kathy. I looked up Peregrine Falcon, but I don’t think this is one. Thank you so much for your comment and for investigating it for me! Such a pleasure to have friends like you here on RB!

    – AuntDot

  • labaker
    labakeralmost 2 years ago

    Dot, my guess is a young red-tailed hawk, hasnt got its red tail feathers yet. Have seen many of them, 99% sure. Good catch :)

  • I think you’ve nailed it, Larry. I didn’t know about the young not having red in the tail, so that really threw me off. THANKS!

    – AuntDot

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 2 years ago

    This appears to be a Sharp Shinned Hawk!! I have a family of them that likes to stop by
    one of my bird baths several times a week. Their wings are rounded on the ends so that
    they can fly through the trees after their prey!!! An excellent capture!!! Bill

  • Now that’s one I didn’t know about! I did look it up, but I don’t think it’s that. Thank you so much for your time and trouble, and for your comment and constant support, Bill!

    – AuntDot

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 2 years ago

    I want to thank everyone who tried to help me ID this hawk. I scoured Google images and info, even listening to calls, and I’m convinced that Larry is right, that this a young red-tailed hawk. The body and face coloring matches and I thought it was a red-tailed until I saw no red in the tail. I didn’t realize the juveniles didn’t have that red yet. Added to that, my neighbor did tell me not long ago there had been a nest in a nearby tree, so this is probably one of the youngsters from that nest. Fun to try to figure these things out, and I’ve learned so much just being on RedBubble. Thanks everyone!

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