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Red-tailed Hawk ~ Juvenille (mine) by Kimberly Chadwick

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I believe this is one of the babies that I documented at the beginning of the year. I watched as he ate his brunch which was a ground squirrel. I was so proud (I know, corny)!


Marana, Arizona
Canon Powershot SX10IS

Redtailed-Hawk
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

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly! He does have that look in his eye as if he remembers you.

  • Thank you Sherry, I would like to think so…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you Sir very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Much appreciated! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleabout 4 years ago

    Very nice Kimberly. The back light did not wipe out the color of the hawk. Well done.

  • Thank you Alwyn very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 4 years ago

    Did he just sit there for you? Fabulous natural wildlife capture….Laura

  • I watched these guys grow up in there nest. I like to believe that they are so used to seeing my truck that they just roll their eyes and say " her again?"…..lol. He finished his lunch without any care. He was watching, but that was it. Thank you Laura!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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