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Red-tailed Hawk ~ Watching by Kimberly Chadwick

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Cover Image for the Red-tailed Hawk Calendar

TOP TEN (7th Place) in the Identified Raptors Challenge

Taken in Marana, Arizona with a Canon Powershot SX10IS.

Taken in Marana, Az with Canon sx10is

Red-tailed hawk is the most variable and widespread north American raptor. It is equally at home in mountains, deserts,prairies, and farmlands. A year round resident in most of the United States, the RT is the hawk most likey to be seen along highways. Utility poles and fence posts have become the accustomed perch of these raptors.

Coming in a huge variety of colors and morphs. Hunting mostly rodents from perches or in the air.
While searching for prey, these hawks will hover in place, sometimes kiting, or hanging motionless in the wind, as it scours the land.

Red-tailed hawks tend to keep the same territories their whole lives. These territories can be as large as 9.6 square miles (25 square kilometers). The birds defend their area with aerial displays of steep dives and climbs, the males and females gliding together. Red-tails pair up for life and their aerial courtships are much like their territorial displays.

VOICE a distinctive call, a harsh, descending keeeeeeer

Fun fact: Most of the screeches you hear in bird movies belong to the red-tail hawk.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    Nice one ,Kim!!!!

  • Thank you Judy. I stopped in the middle of the road and was at level with his chest. I was very excited to see him so relaxed as I started to shoot……..Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Nice one … what a joy to see and looks like quite close up!

  • I was very thrilled to see him at this distance! I was parked in the middle of the road…lol and he was just chillin, thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Great shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank you Marvin. I can’t capture them that well in the air, but by golly I will take the low road if they keep coming out like this….lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Great shot! Is this the one on your way to work?

  • There are two pairs on that road. Yes Ma’am this is one of the other pair. He was very relaxed and just sitting there, how could I! Thank you ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    Great shot of this gorgeous hawk, Kimberly! ;o)

  • Ah Krys, I do appreciate that my friend. Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • akaurora
    akauroraover 4 years ago

    Great shot!! What a real beauty. Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Again, I thank you and may God bless your paths no matter where they lead!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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