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Red Tailed Hawk

What’s going on down there?

A watchful juvenile Red Tailed Hawk flies overhead for a closer inspection of the guy carrying the camera. 😉 Taken yesterday in Adams County, Colorado, this hawk was one of five circling a prairie dog colony. Needless to say, the rodents were a bit stressed out about that.

A Red-Tailed Hawk keeps a close watch as it flies over. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-Tailed Hawk keeps a close watch as it flies over. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hawk takes a hard left

A pleasant surprise on my way home from work today. This juvenile Swainson’s Hawk was keeping watch over a nearby prairie dog colony. I was surprised it was still hanging around and not headed headed to Argentina for the winter. It allowed me to get quite close then did a nice flyover right above me. Tough lighting and overcast skies but still a decent shot.

A juvenile Swainson's Hawk banks hard left in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Swainson’s Hawk banks hard left in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Red-Tailed Hawk in Flight

One of the largest hawks in North America, Red Tails can be found just about everywhere on the continent and are year-round residents in many locations. I don’t usually have much luck getting pictures of them though as they always seem skittish. This particularly one, on this past July 4, was kind enough to give me a nice flyby though.

A Red-Tailed Hawk performs an early morning flyby. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-Tailed Hawk performs an early morning flyby. (© Tony’s Takes)

Red Tailed Hawk flyover

Taken this afternoon at Grand Teton National Park.  Upon arrival at the park we went for a drive just to get our bearings as we had never been here before.  It wasn’t long before the driving stopped and the picture taking commenced as this gorgeous raptor flew overhead.

A Red Tailed Hawk flies overhead in Grand Teton National Park. © Tony’s Takes

A Red Tailed Hawk flies overhead in Grand Teton National Park. © Tony’s Takes

Mouse – It’s what’s for dinner

Hawks have become quite plentiful along the Colorado Front Range this spring as they return from their winter grounds.  Today was a veritable hawk fast out near Denver International Airport.

Among the many images captured today was this Red Tailed Hawk with its kill.  It was initially perched on the pole, then swooped down to a nearby field and emerged with its meal. Unfortunately he didn’t want me to watch him eat and soon flew off before I could see it eat.

A Red Tailed Hawk stands on a pole with its catch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red Tailed Hawk stands on a pole with its catch. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hawk quest (and a few other critters)

My son and I headed out this morning for a quick photo tour of some of our usual haunts.  This included the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area.

At the Arsenal it was pretty much standard fare with the bison being the most notable.  Just to the north we came across a hawk that was kind enough to give us a few very nice flybys.

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A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Watchful hawk

January 18, 2013 – Watchful hawk.  Hawks tend to be very elusive to capture in photos – at least they are for me.  It seems like they have a knack for knowing when I am nearby and do their best to avoid me. 😉

This particular one was very cooperative and sat for quite a while in a tree at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.  The tree branches are busy but the bright, Colorado blue sky behind helps to make it a nice image.

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January 18, 2013 - Watchful hawk. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 18, 2013 – Watchful hawk. (© Tony’s Takes)

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What are you looking at?

I generally don’t have too much luck photographing hawks as they are quite skittish and seem to delight in running from me at about the time I get close enough to take a picture.  This particular hawk along the South Platte River was not different although he did give me a dirty look before taking off again.

February 13, 2014 - A hawk asks,

February 13, 2014 – A hawk asks, “What are you looking at?” (© Tony’s Takes)

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