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Redtailed Hawks ~ Final Goodbye by Kimberly Chadwick


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Taken in Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot Sx10IS

This capture is of the babies in there final Juvenile feathers. The darker is the older braver of the two and always willing to try new things. The lighter one is a little more on the cautious side. They have grown to be beautiful raptors and I thank GOD that I got to watch this circle of life……

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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  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":http://www.redbubble.com/groups/the-collectors-...

  • Thank you Joycelone!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    awesome shots !

  • Thank so much darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 4 years ago

    Your narrative is a wonderful read, Kimberly, and as a bird photographer, I so appreciate your concern for impacting the birds we love so much. With my longest lens, I am able to keep my distance and hopefully not interfere in the lives of the wonderful creatures I shoot. I know that just saying that is showing my ignorance, because it is obvious that I have an impact. Those of us who love nature are horrified by the bird counts that continue to lower each year. Humans have a huge impact. I wrestel with that every time I go out shooting. Thank you for your concerns and for expressing them so well.

  • David, your words make my heart smile. I appreciate your understanding and you feelings all the way around darlin. God speed to our lens & our subjects!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Newton
    Kathy Newtonover 4 years ago

    Such beautiful shots Kimberly, you have the eye and the talent !

  • No M’am, just lucky. I thank you for the supportive comments Kathy, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Well presented in every way.

  • Thank you Sheila, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely captures of the pair of beauties!

  • Thank you Trish, I will miss them, but thrilled they matured healthy and strong!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Xcarguy
    Xcarguyover 4 years ago


  • Again, I thank you for your support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    June 5, 2010

  • As all great things, this comes to an end. I thank you for featuring my series, my babies, my images Teresa….Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    You are very welcome Kimberly. I have so enjoyed being able to see them grow up through your images!!

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