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Red-tailed Hawks ~ Babies VI by Kimberly Chadwick

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This work was a Featured selection in the
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Taken in Marana, Az with my Canon Powershot SX10IS.

They are spreading there wings and walking over each other..lol

Last year I watched these two Red-tails build their nest. Didn’t see anything come of it, though I wasn’t looking or watching very hard. This year I was paying attention and viola! Babies. There are two of them and they are too cute. I only stuck around for 10 minutes because Mom & Dad are all to aware of my truck and are always watching…..This is what I could capture in that time along with about 99 more..lol


A clutch of 1 to 3 eggs is laid in March or April, depending upon latitude. Clutch size depends almost exclusively on the availability of prey for the adults. Eggs are laid approximately every other day. The eggs are usually about 60 × 47 mm (2.4 × 1.9 in). They are incubated primarily by female, with the male substituting when the female leaves to hunt or merely stretch her wings. The male brings most food to the female while she incubates. After 28 to 35 days, the eggs hatch over 2 to 4 days; the nestlings are altricial at hatching. The female broods them while the male provides most of the food to the female and the young, which are known as eyasses (pronounced “EYE-ess-ess”). The female feeds the eyasses after tearing the food into small pieces. After 42 to 46 days, the eyasses begin to leave the nest on short flights. The fledging period lasts up to 10 weeks, during which the young learn to fly and hunt

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Comments

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreabout 4 years ago

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtabout 4 years ago

    This really shows how big they have gotten! Great job.

  • It is just crazy indeed, thank you Poss!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Joy Leong-Danen
    Joy Leong-Danenabout 4 years ago

    Kimberly these are just awesome moments you’ve captured! These eyasses pretty big already! I learned so much from your detailed description – thank you for sharing Kimberly!

  • Thank you so very much Joy! It has been a pleasure tracking their growth!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardabout 4 years ago

    Now that is such an original shot, gorgeous!

  • Trust me, it was everything I could do to stand still when the wind picked up. It hit me first, I braced myself and watched! I was very excited to capture this and hop so much to get more! Thank you Deb!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldabout 4 years ago

    what a wonderful find,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,interesting writeup

  • Thank you Lynda very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank you Marvin……Were you there this morning? My hubby said that somebody was and I told him that they have been bringing in a lot of people. I though perhaps it might have been you..lol, when he said camera gun ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    WOW how brilliant, thats what I call a wing span!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Yep, it was me, I found another nest with at least one chick in it also. Down the road that is just south of this nest by the old abandoned house in the easternmost eucalyptus tree.

  • Yes Sir on Tucker! I just haven’t see them as much as these guys!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonabout 4 years ago

    Well captured!

  • Thank you dear Monte!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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