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Tag Archives: Red-tailed Hawk
Yesterday I posted a photo of a Hawk with an Opossum I made with the Canon EOS-1D Mark III camera and today’s photo is of that same Hawk but it was made with my Canon Powershot SX50 HS camera. I know some of you have this camera so I like posting photos I make with it.
At first I thought that this Hawk was eating a skunk but when I got closer I could see that it was eating an Opossum. I’m not sure if this Hawk caught and killed this Opossum or if this Opossum was a road kill. I was on my way into town when I spotted it in a field a few yards from the road. I stopped and was able to make a few photos with the Canon Powershot SX50 HS that I always carry in my vehicle. When I came back from town a couple of hours later I noticed the Hawk was still eating on the Opossum so I went home and got another camera and made a few more photos.
Tomorrow I will post a few photos I made with the Canon Powershot SX50 HS.
I see lots of Red-tailed Hawks this time of year and most of the time I can get close to them if I stay in my vehicle. The difficult part is being able to find one that is out in the open here in my area. Most times they will be in a tree with lots of branches which makes for an ugly photo.
I am terrible at identifying the different types of Hawks. I’m not sure why I have so much problems with these birds. Most of the time I can pick out a Red-tailed Hawk in flight.
This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
I spotted this Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk on one of the dirt roads that follows the Arkansas River from Robert S. Kerr Lock And Dam 15 in Oklahoma. I like walking these roads because you can see a lot of wildlife. Most of the leaves are off of the trees this time of year which makes it very difficult to move through the woods quietly. Walking these dirt roads help to move through an area without spooking everything.
Once again a big thank you to Sandy Berger for her help on the ID of this Hawk.
The birds and rabbits have disappeared from my property and this Red-tailed Hawk may be the reason.
Unlike some other raptors, the Red-tailed Hawk are seemingly unfazed by considerable human activity and can nest and live in close proximity to large numbers of humans. Thus, the species can also be found in cities, where common prey such as rock pigeons and brown rats may support their populations. One urban Red-tailed Hawk, known as “Pale Male”, became famous for being the first Red-tail in decades to successfully nest and raise young in the crowded New York City borough of Manhattan.