2.12.2020

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY




RED TAIL HAWK

Birding is fairly new to me, and has mostly been done in my own "backyard" and while vacationing in Florida.  Though I would love to expand that environment and certainly hope to do so ... my camera is fairly simple and I've found that my cell is not good at all for capturing bird images ... so it was mostly luck that allowed me to photograph this Red Tail Hawk.  He [she] was lunching on prey, not far up in one of the old trees in our back yard and had the hawk not chosen to stay in place for quite some length of time, I'd never have been able to photograph him.  Looking closely, one can see his prey clutched in his claws; it appears to be a small bird.



19 comments:

  1. Great photos of the hawk.
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  2. love it... how proud and impressing he looks!

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  3. we have two hawks that sit in our tree to eat, sometimes it rains dove feathers and sometimes blue jay feathers, once it rained squirrel furs. we don't like the hawks, and wish they would move on... I know it is food chain but I don't like seeing it. these are excellent photos

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  4. I love the big raptor birds, but as you say, when you look at them up close...with the hooked beak and deadly talons...the whole circle of life stuff is instantly up in your camera! I may have to purchase a nice camera with big lens, for my budding birding hobby.

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  5. They are most beautiful. We currently have a sparrow hawk around and all our birds have disappeared. They are hiding from him/her. They are beautiful, but deadly to our little birds.

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  6. That's a beautiful bird but I wouldn't wanna mess with it!

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  7. Striking images! Hawks are so majestic. Happy Wednesday!
    Debbie @ The Doglady's Den

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  8. Amazing pictures! What a magnificent bird! My GW remembers a time when seeing any kind of hawk, eagle, or even a vulture, was like a miracle! That was back in the 60s due to DDT. These days we see some kind of hawk almost daily. Dad saw Mr. Cool Beans Cooper yesterday (our neighborhood Cooper's hawk.) GW saw a beautiful red tail on her drive to the supermarket this morning. We do wish we'd see them catch more evil squirrels instead of the little birdies.

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  9. By careful. One of those tried to carry of one of my Florida friends.

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  10. We sure have not seen any magnificent bird like this in the trees in front of our house.

    Emma and Buster

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  11. TBT here: I love birds, and admire raptors in general. But I don't want a large one within a mile of here. I had a Cooper's Hawk around most of last year, and while the book says they only prey on 3 lbs or smaller things, I worry. Ayla is small. And some naturalists report finding cat collars in eagle nests.

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  12. Really wonderful capture, Ann! I've had only two opportunities to snap pics of hawks on campus in my almost-20 years here, and I'm really not anywhere else that I would see them. Lucky shots...and good ones too!

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  13. Amazing pictures, we love bird watching too; in fact we spend far too much time in the catservatory watching all the little peckers in the garden! MOL

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  14. Excellent catch!. We have the hawks here and have to watch out, they will carry off a cat.

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  15. I love red tail hawks! We had one that built her next in the woods behind our old house. We were able to watch it grow and learn to fly. It was incredible.

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