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Ferruginous Hawk

Fantastic Ferruginous in flight

Fantastic Ferruginous in flight. There’s a few F’s for you. 😉

These are my favorite hawks. They are very large and can be mistaken for an eagle at a distance. Their plumage is just gorgeous and that smile that they seem to have very cool. While they can be found here in Colorado year-round, they are most common during the winter months.

A Ferruginous Hawk takes flight on a winter's day in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk takes flight on a winter’s day in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fantastic dark morph Ferruginous Hawk encounter

This was one fun encounter to say the least. Ferruginous Hawks are quite common this time of year however the dark morph variety is relatively rare.

I was lucky enough to come across this one on the back roads of Adams County, Colorado. It was kind enough to let me get some nice pictures of it posing and best of all, when it launched, it went in the absolutely perfect direction allowing me to get a nice launch and flight series. Lots of fun with an absolutely gorgeous bird.

Scroll down to view the complete series of images from this encounter.

A dark morph Ferruginous Hawk flies head on. (© Tony’s Takes)

A dark morph Ferruginous Hawk flies head on. (© Tony’s Takes)

The focused stare of a Ferruginous Hawk

Judging by the look on this raptor’s face, it appears it didn’t care too much to have its picture taken. It also would appear that it had eaten not too long ago given the red around its mouth and face. Some very nice early morning light on it. These are my favorite hawks as their faces just show so much personality and it also helps that they are generally very tolerant of people. Of course given how large they are, they really don’t have too much to fear.

A Ferruginous Hawk focuses on the photographer.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk focuses on the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Even Hawks have to scratch when they get an itch

Watching a raptor do this is pretty darned amusing and I really don’t know how they don’t rip themselves open with those talons! This gorgeous Ferruginous Hawk was posing on a utility pole when the need to scratch became greater than its desire to keep an eye on me.

Ferruginous Hawks are the largest buteos in North America and from a distance, their size and profile may have them mistaken for eagles. While they can be found here in Colorado year-round, they are most common during the winter months.

A Ferruginous Hawk scratches its head.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk scratches its head. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk takes flight

One sure sign of the change of seasons is a return of these awesome raptors – my favorite hawks. They are among the largest hawks and absolutely beautiful. Best of all, they are usually quite tolerant of people which makes for some cool photo opportunities. I came across this particular one on Sunday, unfortunately with some heavily overcast skies. Nevertheless, I look forward to seeing and photographing many more of them in the coming months.

A Ferruginous Hawk takes flight on an overcast day.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk takes flight on an overcast day. (© Tony’s Takes)

First Ferruginous Hawk of the season

I was very happy to see my first and second of the season of these cool raptors. One gave me a nice flyby and the other posed on a pole for a bit before launching and heading off into the distance. These are probably my favorite type of hawk. They are just plain cool looking and I love the unmistakable ‘joker smile’ that they have.

Ferruginous Hawks are the largest buteos in North America and from a distance, their size and profile may have them mistaken for eagles. While they can be found here in Colorado year-round, they are most common during the winter months.

A Ferruginous Hawk perched on a pole in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk perched on a pole in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk in flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk in flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk in flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk in flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

I do not like Mondays!

A Ferruginous Hawk shows its disdain for the start of the workweek, a sentiment many of us likely would agree with. 😉

This image was actually taken a few months ago north of Denver International Airport. I came across this raptor perched on a pole and it did not appear to care too much for my presence. I love the look on its face and the blood on its head clearly indicates it had just finished a meal.

Ferruginous Hawks are the largest buteos in North America and from a distance, their size and profile may have them mistaken for eagles. While they can be found here in Colorado year-round, they are most common during the winter months.

A Ferruginous Hawk looks rather displeased while perched on a pole in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk looks rather displeased while perched on a pole in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk puts on an airshow

The amazing coloring and plumage of this raptor is really highlighted when against clear, blue skies. Fresh snow cover on the ground helped to reflect the sun from below and illuminate the underside as it took flight over me.

I was observing the hawk and managed a series of captures as it took flight, this being one of them. I just love everything about these hawks – their plumage, their ‘joker’ smile, and of course those talons.

Ferruginous Hawks are the largest buteos in North America and from a distance, their size and profile may have them mistaken for eagles. While they can be found here in Colorado year-round, they are most common during the winter months.

Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

Ferruginous Hawk takes flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk takes flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk keeps watch in the early morning sun

The face on these large raptors has so much character it is little wonder I am drawn to them. Their profile is so noble and in many ways intimidating. Throw in their ‘joker’ smile and they are very cool indeed.

This particular one was perched on a utility near Denver International Airport yesterday morning, keeping close watch on the ground for an opportunity to get a meal.

Ferruginous Hawks are the largest buteos in North America and from a distance, their size and profile may have them mistaken for eagles. While they can be found here in Colorado year-round, they are most common during the winter months.

A Ferruginous Hawk looks toward the morning sun. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk looks toward the morning sun. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk takes flight in the snow

I cannot sing the praises of these gorgeous raptors enough. They are my favorite hawks and absolutely beautiful, especially when in flight and viewed from underneath. Those pristine white feathers and the distinctive ‘joker’ smile are captivating to me.

This particular Ferruginous was keeping watch on a snowy afternoon last week. After letting me get my fill of images of it posing, it took flight directly overhead. With its wings spread to their full four foot span, it never once took its eyes off of me, seemingly staring right into the camera. Large snowflakes can be seen falling from the sky as well. A nice image of a beautiful bird.

A Ferruginous Hawk showcases its impressive wingspan as it takes flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk showcases its impressive wingspan as it takes flight. (© Tony’s Takes)