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Red-tailed Hawk ~ Prickly Take-off by Kimberly Chadwick

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Red-tailed Hawk

Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX40HS

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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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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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Thank you Cindy so very much!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful action shot my friend. I love it. Hugs

  • Thank you so very much. I was pleased to see it came out!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 2 years ago

    congrats! 01/26/13

  • WOW! Thank you so very much!!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamalmost 2 years ago

    thats awesome – wondeful pic !

  • Thank you Dean very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your feature in Just For Fun, beautiful work

  • I appreciate it, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture !!

  • I thank you again Renee!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • CBoyle
    CBoylealmost 2 years ago

    A beautiful image Kimberly, Well done :)

  • Thank you so very much CBoyle!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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