Red-tailed Hawk Eating Fast Food by Robert Miesner

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I caught this Red-tailed hawk on the shoreline of this lake holding this carp in her talons. The carp looked like it was dead for awhile and there are washed up bodies of carp on this lake quite frequently in early spring. So, my guess is that she was just helping herself to some fast easy food. I got a couple of picks of her tearing it apart but found this one more appealing. I also liked the little tuft on this one’s head because I thought it gives her that formidable appearance that a Harpy Eagle possesses.

This was taken at Stewart Park in Ithaca NY.

The scientific name of this species is: Buteo jamaicensis.


  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 3 years ago

    Awwh WOW Bob, what a fantastic shot! :) Love it!

    Gabe :)

  • Thanks Gabe! I was very happy to be able to capture his rusty red tail in this one.

    – Robert Miesner

  • barbaralynne
    barbaralynneover 3 years ago

    Wonderful find Bob. That is one big fish – dead or alive – that he has in his talons!! Love the colour on the red tail you captured.

  • Thank you Barb!

    – Robert Miesner

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 3 years ago

    Nice capture Robert

  • Thanks Tim!

    – Robert Miesner

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Your Welcome!

    – Robert Miesner

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 3 years ago

    A spectacular capture of this beautiful hawk. Love your “fast food” reference LOL !

  • Thank you Renee!

    – Robert Miesner

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Your Welcome!

    – Robert Miesner

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Super capture Robert, often nature does it all for us. Great work, Mark.

  • Thank you Mark! It’s nice being at the right place at the right time on occaision. ;)

    – Robert Miesner

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    1 image per day / April 5, 2011 / Limit 20

  • Your Welcome!

    – Robert Miesner

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Robert…Julie..

  • Thank you Julie!

    – Robert Miesner

  • sillyfrog
    sillyfrogover 3 years ago

    You are in a beautiful area to study nature! Kudos and happy hunting!

  • Thank you sillyfrog! I do like the natural surroundings of my area.

    – Robert Miesner

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