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J. Dillon
11-17-2011, 05:48 PM
....almost in my back yard. Low light conditions and a shaky hand held camera prevented any other shots worth posting.

JD

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7537/hawkkill2111711.jpg

B_B
11-17-2011, 05:52 PM
Good catch - you and the hawk!
Thanks.

sailboy3
11-17-2011, 05:52 PM
Awesome... in the true sense of the word.

Glen Longino
11-17-2011, 05:55 PM
Good shot...Thanks!

Mrleft8
11-17-2011, 05:57 PM
You need to bring that bird over here Jack..... The damned squirrels are taking over.
And are you sure that's a Red tailed hawk? Looks like a Red shouldered hawk from here....

stevebaby
11-17-2011, 06:02 PM
I was given the book "Redtails in love" a few years ago. i didn't open it for 6 months but when I did, it was a delight.

The Bigfella
11-17-2011, 06:24 PM
Great shot Jack. Thanks

Phillip Allen
11-17-2011, 06:27 PM
PROOF that Red Tailed Hawks are also rednecks... no one but redneck would eat a squirrel if he could help it

J. Dillon
11-17-2011, 06:37 PM
Doug, It best matches the images I have in my bird book. I'd like to keep him around for a while. BTW we're have a glut of chip monks around here. Must be thousands of them. One theory is that the coyotes have moved in and cleaned out the feral cats.
Now the chip monks have little to keep down the population. :(

JD

Concordia...41
11-17-2011, 06:49 PM
We had a red shouldered hawk that enjoyed a favorite perch on a wire over the field across the street. It was particularly cool when he'd fly in and sit overhead as I mowed. Caught the occasional snake on the run for his diligence. He'd also catch dragonflies in mid-air without leaving his perch. That was way cool!

Didn't see him for a while and was out on the bike last spring and saw him a few blocks over. Figured he'd gone on to happier hunting grounds and when I saw baby bunnies during another ride, knew why he'd moved.
:eek:

Gotta love being near the top of the food chain :)

Shang
11-17-2011, 08:55 PM
....almost in my back yard. Low light conditions and a shaky hand held camera prevented any other shots worth posting.

JD

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7537/hawkkill2111711.jpg

Very nice photo! Well done.

For I.D. purposes, here's a Red Tail, hot-linked from the web.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Red-tailed_Hawk_Buteo_jamaicensis_Full_Body_1880px.jpg

...and a Red Shouldered Hawk

Oops...just a minute, I'll scale down the Red Tail...


http://www.pinebarrensanimals.com/web_images/pix1/redshoulderedhawk1.jpg

Mrleft8
11-17-2011, 09:00 PM
Interesting.... Never seen a Red Shouldered hawk with that much red. I usually ID them by the "comma" in their wings.
Margo.... Where does your neighborhood hawk migrate to when it gets warm? :D

Shang
11-17-2011, 09:10 PM
Nice shooting! Well done! Fortune favors the bold!

I started to post hot-linked photos from the web to identify the bird, but lost these in the translation. Trying again (these are also hot-links, so they may vanish).

Here's a Red Tailed:

http://www.backyardbirdcam.com/gallery/hawk-red-tailed-lg2.jpg

Here's a Red Shouldered:

http://www.animalspot.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Red-shouldered-Hawk.jpg

I think you are right, yours is a Red Tailed, probably a juvenile, probably female. I'll check this with Barb, she has caught a lot of these guys (and has the scars to prove it).

Shang
11-17-2011, 09:44 PM
Barb says, Yes, the bird is a Red Tail hawk. Probably a Juvenal since the red tail doesn't mature for two or three years, and maybe female since female hawks are larger than males.
But Barb added, "As soon as you form an opinion about raptors, they fool you."

Barb agrees, your photo is great!

hokiefan
11-17-2011, 10:13 PM
Several years ago I was raking leaves. Looked up and saw a hawk flying by. Stopped to watch him, and was rewarded to see him snatch a squirrel out of a high branch of the oak tree in the front yard. Was really cool to see nature in action.

Cheers,

Bobby

Shang
11-17-2011, 10:17 PM
Interesting.... Never seen a Red Shouldered hawk with that much red. I usually ID them by the "comma" in their wings.
Margo.... Where does your neighborhood hawk migrate to when it gets warm? :D

Is it supposed to get warm here?
Tell that to my frozen water pipes.

We see the Red Tails on the electric poles through most of the winter.
The mice are worried.

Roger Cumming
11-17-2011, 10:35 PM
There were red-tailed hawks in Central Park in NYC for the last few years. One pair set up housekeeping on a window sill of an apartment house across 5th Avenue from the park. Many people became interested in them and there were stories in the NY Times about them. I saw one of them taking a pigeon apart on one of the Central Savings Bank's wide window sills on Broadway and 73rd Street. Several of us witnessed it as we were crossing the street.

Robbie 2
11-17-2011, 11:49 PM
Beautiful photo Jack.................thanks for sharing it with us.

elf
11-18-2011, 06:32 AM
Taking a pigeon apart? Good use for them. Send more to Cape Cod.

(Actually we have plenty.)

S.V. Airlie
11-18-2011, 09:03 AM
I agree on the immature Red Tail.