Red-tailed Hawk ~ Saguaro Sitting by Kimberly Chadwick

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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

  • swaby
    swabyover 2 years ago

    EXCELLENT!

  • Too many times I only see them on a branch or telephone pole..lol. It was really nice to see him perched up there. Thanks you very much Swaby!! Happy New year!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 2 years ago

    Love it !!!!! Great find my girl !!!!!!

  • LOL, wasn’t hard. She was sitting on my neighbors! She has been kiting over the neighborhood for the past three days!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Great capture !

  • Thanks you Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 2 years ago

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your artwork has been featured in the
    Nature’s Wonders group.!!

  • How wonderful! thank you so very much Rainy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Nature’s Wonders group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you so much Francis!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    love it – wonderful pic !

  • Many, many thanks Dean!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    brilliant capture Kimberly, and Happy 2012.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Happy New Year to you as well Jude, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021over 2 years ago

  • OMG! Thank you Paulette for the recognition! I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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