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Red-tailed Hawk (Light Morph) ~ Proud Parent by Kimberly Chadwick

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Cover image for Love of Raptors Calendar

Taken in Marana, Az with Canon sx10is

I believe this is truly the father. This is only an educational observance, so please don’t assume I can sex a raptor by looking at it….I am not that good…lol Though rule of thumb is that the female is larger than the male whom is slenderer.

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


  • The raspy cry of the Red-tailed Hawk is typically used in movies to represent any eagle or hawk anywhere in the world.
  • They can spot a mouse from a height of 100 feet.
  • Males and females perform a courtship ritual in which they dive and roll in the sky. They will even lock talons and fall together a distance before splitting apart.
  • A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a “boil”, “knot”, “spiraling”, “stream”, and “tower” of hawks.

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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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  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDanceralmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Kimberly!

  • Many thanks Sabrina!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot, beautiful bird!

  • Thanks Deb!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenalmost 5 years ago

  • I appreciate it Kylie!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Wow!! What a beautiful capture Kimberly!! I am motivated more than ever now to get a shot of the red-tailed hawk that is hanging around this area!! This is beautiful!! Instant fave!

  • Did you see the baby! I am watching them more every day! Thank you Blair for the fave!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonalmost 5 years ago

    Sweet shot!

  • I appreciate that Monte, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • HippieVan-57
    HippieVan-57almost 5 years ago

    great shot!

  • Thank you very much for taking the time to visit and comment! I do appreciate that very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 5 years ago

    I know this hawk and the site of the nest, great shot Kimberly!!

  • Have you seen the babies Marvin? I am sure your toys can do them better justice than my lil P&S. They are walking around the nest and moving their wings… thrilling! Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 5 years ago

    I was by there in the late afternoon, but did not see the babies, the parents were both staying close so I knew that it was going to happen. I hope to make it back before they leave.

  • They seem to stay hunkered down when the wind is blowing. I didn’t see them today and I was there about 2:30. Usually I see them around 3-3:30 like clockwork……

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Lorilee, always good to see you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...almost 5 years ago

    Terrific color & detail! Superb capture, Kimberly!

  • Thank you Daniel so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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