March 2, 2009

Spotting a family of red-tailed hawks while riding at my farm

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While Betsy and I were riding this past weekend, Betsy spotted a plump red-tailed hawk sitting in one of the very large sycamore trees.  This is the most common and widespread hawk in North America and is frequently seen soaring in open areas.  These medium-sized birds of prey perch high above the ground where they have a keen view of what may become their next meal.  Male and female red-tail hawks share the same markings, however, the female is the larger of the two – about 25 % heavier than males.  It’s also interesting to note that because red-tails are so easily trained as proficient hunters, they are widely used in this country for falconry.  Come and see what I captured with my Canon G10.

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It was a very quiet and cold morning and this hawk watched our every move while remaining perfectly still.