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Red-tailed Hawk caught off guard by strong winds

A rather dramatic image of this raptor as it banks hard right. I saw this hawk perched on the plains and stopped to snap its picture. It had other plans however and immediately launched into the air, seemingly unaware of the strong east winds that were blowing. As it pushed off the ground and extended its wings, the wind turned those wings into sails and seemed to almost cause the hawk to flip over. It did recover but did not look particularly graceful in the process.

Pushed by the wind, a Red-tailed Hawk flies sideways after launch in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pushed by the wind, a Red-tailed Hawk flies sideways after launch in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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