Red-tailed Hawks ~ Babies Collage by Kimberly Chadwick

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Image used as the cover for the Red-tailed Babies Calendar

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Taken in Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot Sx10IS

Well I have followed the progress of these babies for 1 month to the day. Those of you that have followed, I appreciate it so very much. Though I have many shots of these babies, this collage is the final in this series. Today I realized how my presence (and other photographers who stop) have affected these babies. I feel that the right thing to do is to stop appearing to them at close range. My excitement over watching them has clouded my common sense & Judgment about there own protection. Nothing has happened to them, they are healthy and strong and flying farther from the nest each day. However today on the way home I stopped like I have for the past month. Walked right up to the tree (a cars length) and took the final pictures at such a distance. They showed no sign of fear. They watched me but didn’t move or flinch. Those of us that watch raptors know the signs that they are about to take flight. Bobbing of the head, side to side scanning for a safer & further place to go. None of those signs. It didn’t occur to me that my presence since there hatching may have caused a less than fear sense. Now, I am not saying that they are tame in any way shape or form, I am just saying that if they are not going to bolt upon my arrival, that tells me that humans are not that big of a threat to them. Many of you that follow me also follow Marvin Collins whom I have had the pleasure of meeting once at Silverbell Lake. He posted an image "Newly Captured Red Tail ":http://www.redbubble.com/people/mcollins/art/39... about a Red-tail being captured for falconry. I then starting thinking about that poor raptor taken from its home. Well all of this hit me at once and I feel that if I continue to stop then they may not develop that auto-fear for vehicles and/or people. I know it may sound silly, but the sheer thought that I could be responsible for “my” babies being taken from the wild just tears me apart.

I do have many shots that I will probably post at times, but this is the last of the series. I thank you for your supportive comments and not getting bored with this series. I love these guys and because I am a big baby myself have squeezed a tear or two watching and knowing that there time to leave the nest has come.

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Comments

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 4 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • Thank you Eivor, I appreciate the time you took to take a look!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    What a lovely collage of beauties. Excellent works.

  • I loved watching them grow and miss them already! But it is nature and I am lucky to have seen what I saw! Thank you Bunny!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jeff Ore
    Jeff Oreover 4 years ago

    Very cool

  • Thank you so much Jeff for stopping by! I thank you for adding me to your watch list, I hope I don’t disappoint!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Wanamaker
    Judy Wanamakerover 4 years ago

    A fabulous collage! Your narrative is very moving and sensible. We who love wild birds and creatures sometimes tend to try to get close, and that may not be the best thing for them. You got some wonderful shots to keep for a lifetime. Beautiful work.

  • Your words bring a smile to my heart when it comes to these babies, Thank you Judy for that. It is a hard thing not to be a part of the natural world around us and to keep common sense at the fore most part of our brain. I thank you for taking the time to look, I thank you for your understanding and support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardover 4 years ago

    Kim, I think that you have a great deal of common sense to be concerned about “human imprint”. I love this collage and congratulate you on such a wonderful series of photos.

  • I do thank you for that! Sometimes you just get wrapped up and don’t think. I am glad I thought before I made a mistake or caused one.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    Just fabulous !!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Judy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Kimberly!

  • I thank you my friend for putting a smile on my heart!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful collage Kimberly!!

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfover 4 years ago

    Wonderful series, all are masterpieces in their own way, but together are awesome. Its never easy for a mother to let her babies fly but needs must.
    I’m sure they will be fine but understand your concerns as there are always going to be the the odd idiot who wants to interfere with these beautiful creatures, but whatever the outcome I can’t imagine your gaining their trust would have a direct bearing on it. Very best wishes Dave

  • Thank you Dave for placing a smile in my heart. I so appreciate your words and feelings behind them, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience on Redbubble :)

  • Thank you for supporting me Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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