Birds of Arizona – Red-tailed Hawk ( Buteo jamaicensis )

For casual bird watchers, identifying a particular bird can be quite a challenge. One would think that a Red-tailed Hawk would look very much like every other Red-tailed Hawk, but it isn’t quite that easy.

Unfortunately, there are often variations on a theme. One problem, for example, is that a juvenile bird often looks quite different than it does as an adult. This can reveal itself with differnt feather patterns or colors or perhaps a less developed feature that, when the bird is mature, would be quite prominent.

Facing this challenge, I often farm out the job of identification to the wonderful world of birders on the Internet. That is how I was able to determine that the bird below is a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.

As you can see, we have a power pole near our house and very often one hawk or another will stop by to enjoy a meal or keep a lookout for the next one. While they are atop this perch, I am often able to walk close to them to capture a portrait.

Red-tailed Hawk
As I approached, the bird wanted to keep an eye on me.

Red-tailed Hawk
Here the bird decided to turn around to face me.

Red-tailed Hawk
When approached, hawks don’t necessarily run away, but will often just stare back!

Read more identifying Red-tailed Hawks – Telling Juvenile from Adult Red-tailed Hawks

Metadata for the bottom Photograph

File Name: 000022_49.CR2
Capture time: 9:55:03 AM
Capture date: February 6, 2016
Exposure: 1/640 sec @ f/6.5
Focal Length: 215mm
ISO: 200
Canon PowerShot SX50HS
Lens: 4.3-215mm
Edited in Lightroom

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Video – Hawk-ish on the Weather Report

Every once in a while something special and unplanned happens. You can call it serendipity or call it fate; I call it interesting. Humans have taken control of the world and created buildings and structures of all sorts. I have often wondered what the other animals “think” of these man-made creations they may come across.

The video below shows a hawk inspecting a weather station. There seems to be significant interest on part of this bird of prey. It is not often we capture videos like this.

From the 10/11 News Weather Team’s Facebook page – “Nobody probably thought they would see something like this today. Our friend, Mr. Hawk, is VERY interested in the camera atop our tower at 40th and Vine in Lincoln, NE today!”