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Red-tailed Hawk ~ Babies XIIII by Kimberly Chadwick
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5-31-10

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Taken in Marana, Az with Canon sx10is

I was out today and was happily surprised to have seen both the babies at the nest. no sign of Mom or Dad, so They are at the end of their lease. I have quite a few captures of this guy whom I assume is the oldest and more bold of the two. I will have a great story to tell (it is to me) soon but I need to get the other images organized.

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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Comments

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Kimberly, amazing how fast they grow. I was hoping to make it back before this, but I’m not going to. This is a beautiful hawk, thanks for sharing these shots!!

  • It was my pleasure Marvin. It aloud me to see how I could improve on angles and lighting (time of day) and distance. Thought I can still see room for improvement, I CAN see improvements in the series. It has been a blessing on all accounts. Thank you for your support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Thank you very much Swaby, I am glad to see you stopped by darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL !!! I have my eye on few nest here but they are far behind your chicks !!:)

  • Judy! Thank you so much. I hope you are well and settled back home. Keep watching, I can’t believe how big they got nor how fast!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Farbeyond
    Farbeyondover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture against the bright blue sky. Beautiful bird.

  • Thank you so much for stopping by Farbeyond! I appreciate that very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtover 4 years ago

    Now that is just simply amazing! You have done a wounderfull job capturing these beautiful babies!

  • Thank you Sherry, I have enjoyed doing so. I keep a hopeful eye for more captures…..

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    So beautiful, what an absolute joy to witness!

  • Deb it really is. I am so proud and I am not even the mom…lol. Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerover 4 years ago

    Fantastic image, Kimberly!

  • Thank you so very much Sabrina!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    A fabulous capture – - – beautiful!!!

  • I appreciate your support Lorilee, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    On your way, big fella. Fantastic shot; a nice farewell for you!

  • Heartbreaking isn’t it… thank you Sheila. This is my fave in the series no doubt!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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