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Red-tailed Hawks ~ Paired by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Marana, Az today on the way home…lol 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

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and lovely blue of the sky – well done

  • Thank you so very much Grandma, I was lucky to have spotted them!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosalmost 4 years ago

    What a brilliant capture of these 2 beauties. Lovely.

  • Thank you BigCat, I appreciate that very much so!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyalmost 4 years ago

    These two are are really “hunkered down”, I wonder how long they were sitting on this branch as well. Nice shot Kiimberly.

  • During the heat of the day and the location, I would imagine for a while. Thank you Franklin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • greenfrog153
    greenfrog153almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image!

  • Thank you Greenfrog for stopping by! I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

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