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Red-tailed Hawk ~ Breakfast Ala Branch by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken this morning, this female is dining on a Round-tailed ground squirrel. The male watching on guard from the top of the tree.

Marana, Arizona
Canon Powershot sx10is
2-27-11

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

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

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 3 years ago

    o no its a cute little furry guy :( Great capture though !

  • Yes Ma’am. At one time it was, but the chain of life must go on…..lol Thank you gal!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • naturalnomad
    naturalnomadover 3 years ago

    A fantastic capture!

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • KiriLees
    KiriLeesover 3 years ago

    Wow fantastic capture!

  • I appreciate that, thank you much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • lesleys47
    lesleys47over 3 years ago

    Great timing – wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so very much Lesley!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture of the moment !

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • I appreciate that Kathy, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixover 3 years ago

    Excellent, very beautiful capture, well done !!!

  • Thank you Erik!!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Joe Jennelle
    Joe Jennelleover 3 years ago

    I am envious, such a great capture, beautiful work.

  • I do appreciate that, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture of the Red-tail but I’m with Judy, I’m sad about the little furry tailed guy! :(

  • Not sure how I missed this one my friend, thank you! The ugly side of nature indeed.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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