Red-tailed Hawk ~ Poser by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken In Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

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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Comments

  • RichImage
    RichImagealmost 4 years ago

    beautiful Kimberly…. really beautiful

  • I so appreciate that Rich, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simplealmost 4 years ago

    Hi Kimberly, This is a great shot and you should be proud of it. He id definitely posing for you. It has good detail and you have managed the Shadow and light combination well. Even has the light reflection in the eye which is very good.

  • Thank you so very much Alwyn. I appreciate the feedback~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Kimberly!!

  • Thank you Marvin so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 4 years ago

    Well done. Had to FAVOR this one my friend…Hugs…Tom

  • I am honored that you like it that much, thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyalmost 4 years ago

    Nice job Kimberly. Hawks don’t stay put too long after they’ve been spotted.

  • No they don’t , but I find that I have better luck getting closer if you don’t make eye contact! Try it. When I do look at them it is only through the view finder on the camera…lol Thank you Franklin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    Wow absolutely stunning capture of this magnificent bird of prey

  • Thank you darlin, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 4 years ago

    Awesome ! I’m still one fingering the keyboard. Barb

  • And a fine job you are doing…lol, thank you Barb!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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