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Red-tailed Hawk (Juvenile) ~ Talk to the tail! by Kimberly Chadwick

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Marana, Arizona
Canon Powershot Sx10IS

Red-tailed Hawk
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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buteo, hawk, red tail, raptor, arizona, nature, wildlife, kimberly chadwick

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Comments

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 4 years ago

    A beauty, Kimberly. I love the title!!

  • Thank you Kay. The title comes from having a 13 year old always saying talk to the…….lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Kimberly, I’ve seen this a lot!!

  • LOL, well than I don’t feel so shunned my friend! thank you Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • LimbozArt
    LimbozArtalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful Kimberly, you sure have a knack for finding interesting and rare birds. They must be fascinated by your golden hair…as you a bird whisperer?

  • Rare they are not. Whisperer, now that is cute…lol. No Ma’am, I like to believe that they are just so use to seeing me that they now just turn around..lol. Thank you so my my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • driftindreamin
    driftindreaminalmost 4 years ago

    Outstanding work

  • Thank you very much Michael!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • henuly1
    henuly1almost 4 years ago

    great capture!

  • I thank you again my new friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful scene…. nicely done…

  • Thank you very much George! your supprt is appreciated!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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