A Ferruginous Hawk takes to the skies northeast of Denver, Colorado. These large hawks are, IMHO, some of the coolest looking raptors out there. Their gorgeous plumage coupled with their unmistakable “smile” make them a sight to see. They are in fact North America’s largest hawk and are sometimes mistaken for eagles due to their size, shape and behavior.
A quick detour after work with the hopes of finding eagles. No luck on that front but I did find some Ferruginous Hawks. This one I was fortunate enough to capture soon after it lept off a power pole and into the air. These raptors are just gorgeous! I love all the white they have.
I have come to the conclusion that Ferruginous Hawks are one of my favorite hawks, if not my favorite entirely. Not only are they absolutely gorgeous with their white chests and “Joker” smile, they are quite tolerant of people.
On Sunday there were quite a few of these hanging out in the area north of #Denver International Airport. This particular one seemed to be trying to hypnotize me with a crazy stare. 😉
The largest of the Buteo family of hawks, these raptors are common across the western half of the United States. I’ve found them more tolerant of human presence that some other hawks like Red Tails, and can often approach pretty close to them. Image taken on December 7, 2014 in rural Adams County, Colorado.
This Ferruginous Hawk seemed a bit perturbed that I was disturbing its morning hunt. Taken near Denver International Airport this past weekend, this raptor was hanging out on a pole keeping close watch on a field for its breakfast.
These large hawks are found across the western half of the United States. They are most easily distinguished by the “smile” and legs and feet that are feathered all the way to the talons. You can learn more about this cool hawk here.
View more pictures from this day’s excursion below.
Taken near Denver International Airport this morning, this gorgeous raptor was kind enough to pose for me. I was particularly struck by the markings on the head and of course those dangerous looking talons.
The largest of the buteo family in North America, Ferruginous Hawks are oftentimes mistaken for eagles due to their size. You can read more about this cool raptor here.
View more photos of today’s photo excursion in the gallery below the image.