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post #1 of 26
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Ok... So i went outside to try and snap some new hummingbird pics. I was pleasantly interrupted/surprised by a new visitor of the raptor variety I am still speechless and in awe. I can't even think of anything else to type except wow!






He looked at me


Red-tailed hawk I do believe
There are a few peregrine falcons around too! One landed on the fence the other day not 5 feet from me! Of course I did'nt have the camera
post #2 of 26
Beautiful birds! We used to have a few Red-tails in my old neighborhood.
post #3 of 26
It's gorgeous! Looks young, too.

We have a pair of bald eagles that nest behind ou house every year. We periodically see them flying, but never up close like this.
post #4 of 26
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Beautiful birds! We used to have a few Red-tails in my old neighborhood.
Cool! Was that in Fla too?

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It's gorgeous! Looks young, too.

We have a pair of bald eagles that nest behind ou house every year. We periodically see them flying, but never up close like this.
How can you tell it is young or old? I'd love to know
Those bald eagles are huge!

I've been feeding the wildbird this year. I am sure that is whats bringing the hawk(s) and falcons in. They've made a few successfull kills too. I'm really surpised they don't go after the doves though. They are by far the slowest birds! I guess they are too big but they go after the pidgeons- wierd
I love their stelth! I never hear them. I hear the other birds mad dash to get to cover, but when one of the birds of prey come in its completly silent. No wing flapping noise, nothing. Man they are awesome birds!
post #5 of 26
We have red tail hawks here in SE Georgia. A few months back I had one flew just 2 feet away from me. He (or she) was on top of a light pole and I was talking with a friend. Well next thing we know a red tail hawk swooped down beside us and grabbed a lizard and flew. And wouldn't ya know this is the one time I did not have a camara on me.
post #6 of 26
what a beautiful picture, what a nice surprise to see a hawk so close
post #7 of 26
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Thank you for the compliments

Ping: I did'nt know they ate lizards!? Cool
post #8 of 26
Red-tailed Hawk - either a young one without full color (cause the tail should be more red) or a female one

Cool pictures!
post #9 of 26
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I see! Thank you

So a male would be redder
Good info!
post #10 of 26
The male (full grown) at our barn was bright red on the head and tail with white. One male got killed - that's how we know the feathers. The female found another mate the next year.

I think females (in most raptors) are larger then the males. Size wise - he/she looks skinny and "young" IMO.
post #11 of 26
We had turkey in our yard the last sunday of August. Big ones and the little turkettes.
post #12 of 26
Here in New England, you can often see the hawks perched atop poles by the highways. They follow the big mowing tractors as they mow the grass and then grab the mice, etc that the mowers scare up!
And you took some gorgeous photos!
post #13 of 26
What a beauty! We live on a greenbelt that runs along a line of huge powertowers, and we have redtail hawks nesting in the reinforcing bars of those towers. I don't know how they manage to build there, but they do. And you're right about their silence -- I hate it that they're predators, but I can't help admiring how good at it they are, y'know?

Thanks for sharing your photos! I'd love to see your hummingbirds, too!
post #14 of 26
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The male (full grown) at our barn was bright red on the head and tail with white. One male got killed - that's how we know the feathers. The female found another mate the next year.

I think females (in most raptors) are larger then the males. Size wise - he/she looks skinny and "young" IMO.
I'm glad to hear she found a new mate after that trajedy. I heard they mated for life
If that was a skinny one, I would hate to see a big one!

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We had turkey in our yard the last sunday of August. Big ones and the little turkettes.
I bet they were too cute!
I would be scared of the big ones though. They are huge!

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Here in New England, you can often see the hawks perched atop poles by the highways. They follow the big mowing tractors as they mow the grass and then grab the mice, etc that the mowers scare up!
And you took some gorgeous photos!
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I would love to see them circling the tractors! I could watch that for hours

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What a beauty! We live on a greenbelt that runs along a line of huge powertowers, and we have redtail hawks nesting in the reinforcing bars of those towers. I don't know how they manage to build there, but they do. And you're right about their silence -- I hate it that they're predators, but I can't help admiring how good at it they are, y'know?

Thanks for sharing your photos! I'd love to see your hummingbirds, too!
Cool! I wonder where this one nests? Probably a big tree or something-plenty of big old oaks around. YES! I love all my birdies, so I hate it when one gets nailed- but at the same time, you can't help but admire their skills

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post #15 of 26
What a awesome picture!!
post #16 of 26
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Thank you!

I almost forgot!!!!
I have a movie



I have one more, but photobucket is being a pain! I will get it up asap :-)
post #17 of 26
Wow! He's handsome! (is he a he?)
Wish there were birds like him here! Well done on getting some pics!
post #18 of 26
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Thank you! I'm not sure if it is M/F ?
From the wonderful words of our tcs-ers it is a young one or a male

I'm sure you have some raptors where are you at?
post #19 of 26
Awesome! And you had your camera on you at the time!
post #20 of 26
What a beautiful bird! We have some peregrin falcons around here, I'm always awed when I see them.
post #21 of 26
Those are great pictures! I always try to get pictures of birds but they never turn out like yours.
post #22 of 26
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Awesome! And you had your camera on you at the time!
Yeah, I kinda forgot for a second too. I was just staring at him- then remembered what I was holding in my hand

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What a beautiful bird! We have some peregrin falcons around here, I'm always awed when I see them.

Cool!
yup, they always make you stop whatever your doing I'm surprised I have'nt hurt myself I can see it now- I'm outside gardening with some sort of tool, get all distracted by a hawk and gouge myself or something


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Those are great pictures! I always try to get pictures of birds but they never turn out like yours.
Thank you! I can take no credit for it though if it were'nt for my new camera, the pictures would be awful probably That camera has one heck of a zoom!
post #23 of 26
Beautiful pictures! I see alot of buzzards, usually being chased by crows. They have the most beautiful, plaintive calls. I love hawks, they are so majestic. I am glad to say that red kites are making a comeback here in Wales, not long ago their numbers weren't even in the hundreds.
Thats one thing about the kittens, and all the cats in my neighbourhood, I used to have so many songbirds in my garden, I have noticed there dont seem to be many about these days.
post #24 of 26
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Beautiful pictures! I see alot of buzzards, usually being chased by crows. They have the most beautiful, plaintive calls. I love hawks, they are so majestic. I am glad to say that red kites are making a comeback here in Wales, not long ago their numbers weren't even in the hundreds.
Thats one thing about the kittens, and all the cats in my neighbourhood, I used to have so many songbirds in my garden, I have noticed there dont seem to be many about these days.

I'm glad to hear the kites are doing well They are lovely birds
Sorry to hear about your songbirds Hope their numbers return back to normal soon
post #25 of 26
Going against the grain here, but he does not look like a red tailed, immature or otherwise, he looks to be a Cooper's Hawk.
And those are some awesome photos.
post #26 of 26
Those are wonderful pictures. WOW is right.
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