Red-tailed Hawk ~ Protective Female by Kimberly Chadwick

Red-tailed Hawk ~ Protective Female by 

Marana, Arizona
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This is the female of the Procreating Pair posted last week…..

Red-tailed 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


  • 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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  • ladygarbanzo
    ladygarbanzoabout 4 years ago

    beauriful capture!!

  • Thank you very much Kris!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Kimberly, love photos where they’re calling!

  • She was non stop that morning. It was almost like she was telling her mate how to build the nest….lol Thank you Ma’am.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyabout 4 years ago

    Nice sharp picture Kimberly.

  • Thank you so much Franklin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixabout 4 years ago

    Super beautiful capture Kim!!!

    Kind Regards,
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Thank you Erik so much!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    We have one of these plaguing our squirrels & blue jays & crows (these two last groups sound the alarm for everyone’s benefit on a regular basis), & it is now a real presence among the houses & trees in our neighborhood. Would LOVE to get a shot like this beauty ~ had the opportunity yesterday when it sat in a big spruce across the street, but I needed a good long lens. Oh, well; I watched it for 15 minutes while my favorite gray squirrel, Lady Grey, chirped from the sidelines.

  • They are amazing to watch Sheila! Thank you for sharing your stories with me my friend!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jim Sugrue
    Jim Sugrueabout 4 years ago

    Very nice work Kimberly!

  • Thank you Jim!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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