Thursday, November 4, 2010

Red-tail Aerial Show

I gazed out across the landscape I call home and noticed a Red-tailed Hawk perched in the top of a Ponderosa Pine.  It took flight and joined another Red-tail Hawk in the air, and soon after I noticed that there were four Red-tails in total!   Best of all, one of them was a "Harlan's" Hawk, a subspecies of the Red-tailed Hawk, probably the one that seems to be local, as we see it from time to time.  The Harlan's Hawk put on an exciting  show and was the most vocal Red-tail I have ever encountered.  While it was screaming out its distinctive descending screech, it dive bombed one of the other Red-tails.

Red-tailed Hawk Perched in the Top of a Ponderosa Pine

"Harlan's" Hawk

"Harlan's Hawk"

"Harlan's" Hawk

Top: "Harlan's" Hawk.  Bottom: "typical" Red-tailed Hawk.

Red-tailed Hawk

The Hill to the North of our House

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