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Red-tailed Hawk by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Marana, Az with Canon sx10is

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

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The raspy cry of the Red-tailed Hawk is typically used in movies to represent any eagle or hawk anywhere in the world.
  • They can spot a mouse from a height of 100 feet.
  • Males and females perform a courtship ritual in which they dive and roll in the sky. They will even lock talons and fall together a distance before splitting apart.
  • A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a “boil”, “knot”, “spiraling”, “stream”, and “tower” of hawks.

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My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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Comments

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtover 4 years ago

    Nicely done! Is this one of your babies?

  • Thank you, not one of the babies. Archived photo of parent.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Nice capture of a beautiful bird.

  • Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Excellent!!

  • Thanks Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Just fabulous against the clear blue sky – superb.

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you Evita, I appreciate the time you took!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddover 4 years ago

    Great Shot!!

  • They are one of my favorites (not that I could pick) to photograph. Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Kimberly!

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture,Kimberley♥ they are too fast for me! :o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Thank you Mae, I would like to believe that they just got use to us shutter bugs …lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jeff Ore
    Jeff Oreover 4 years ago

    Great shot Kimberley

  • Jeff Ore
    Jeff Oreover 4 years ago

    Kimberly ,Sorry

  • Lol, many do that Jeff…I will let it go this time….l☺l. Thank you my friend, I appreciate you taking the time!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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