Red-tailed Hawk ~ Babies IX by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Marana, Az with my Canon Powershot SX10IS.

I got off work early and was able to take a few moments to witness the babies working their wings. They were stretching and flapping in the warmth of the sun. It won’t be long now I am afraid, but so glad that both are growing healthy and very quickly!

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

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...almost 5 years ago

    great shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank you so very much Edyta, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Angela Pritchard
    Angela Pritchardalmost 5 years ago

    They’re getting so big.

  • Aren’t they though, thanks for stopping by~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 5 years ago

    Just awesome, they’re already stretching their wings, they grow so fast!

  • Did you take a look at the other image I uploaded? They are getting some lift! So exciting! Thank you Ma’’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 5 years ago

    I did …. was in a hurry so just commented on one but I watch with great interest their progress!

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 5 years ago

    Oh my – how they’ve GROWN!!! Proper little hawklets now! Lovely capture, Kimberly! ;o)

  • Thank you so much for that Krys, I feel so proud and all I do is keep track..lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot of mommy tending to her baby! It is interesting to note how they blend into the colors of the nest and trees! : )

  • Thank you Sandy. Though I will point out that this is not the Mommy, this is one of the babies stretching his wings! Yes the blending factor is an awesome note!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    And before you know it… great shot of the ongoing process!

  • Thank you Sheila~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfalmost 5 years ago

    Terrific capture again, nice to follow the progress, brillant image, Dave

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Kimberly, you’ve got a really nice series of these!

  • I appreciate that Martin, from you it gives me confidence! I thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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