Harris's hawk ~ Success! by Kimberly Chadwick

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I watched this family of Harris’s Hawk for about 30 minutes. This raptor jumped down to the branch, snapped it off and this image captures her as she flew away with it along side a family member. it was amazing to watch! Didn’t know they broke off branches!

!A Vision Of Flight Photography!


Marana, Arizona
Canon Powershot SX10IS

Harris’s Hawk

This unusual species of deserts,brushy savannah, and arid woodlands is closely related to buteos and Common Black-Hawk. Unlike other American raptors, they breed year round.

Often forming polyandrous groups (2 males,1 female). Known also to form communal groups of 4-5 members. The young from previous broods will take care of the nest as well as defend it when needed. Hunting collectively for larger rodents such as hares & gophers.

Once called the Bay-winged Hawk, it has distinctive chestnut, black and white feathers that make it a favorite among falconers.

VOICE A strange, grating, nasal

eeehhhhhhhh similar to a caracara


  • The Harris’s Hawk nests in social units that vary from an adult pair to as many as seven
    individuals, including both adults and immatures.
  • Cooperative hunting groups are more successful at capturing prey than individuals hunting alone. Groups of five are the most successful.
  • John James Audubon gave this bird its English name in honor of his ornithological companion, financial supporter, and friend Edward Harris.
  • A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a “boil”, “knot”, “spiraling”, “stream”, and “tower” of hawks.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

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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  • RichImage
    RichImageabout 4 years ago

    you have some spectacular captures Kimberly… another beautiful image

  • Thank you Rich, I am thankful for your supportive comments Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterabout 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Kimberly, what a beautiful bird.

  • Thank you Ma’m, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyabout 4 years ago

    Nice job Kimberly, beautiful pose!

  • Thank you Franklin so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Bonnie!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • LimbozArt
    LimbozArtabout 4 years ago

    Perfect capture…the motion, power and agility transpire. Superb leg stretch too!

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersabout 4 years ago

    Terrific capture Kimberly, stunning bird.

  • Thank you very much Phillip!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    What a great shot, Kimberly! You certainly captured the action and she’s in rather a pretty pose in the process! Congratz! :o)

  • Many thanks Krys, I appreciate it as always my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Norfolkimages
    Norfolkimagesabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Thank you so much Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Poetry in motion – & practical poetry at that. Perfect timing, Kimberly.

  • Thank you ever so much my friend! It was truly amazing to watch!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful, great capture Kimberly!!

  • Thank you very much Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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