Red Tail Hawk


There was an VERY big surprise visitor in the backyard a week or so back.

Earlier in the day, I had seen a bird circling and it was at least a half mile away…it looked fairly large, even from that distance.

Three hours later I noticed a BIG shape in a sycamore tree…and there it was…the red tail hawk. It was a fair distance away, but I took a photo anyway with the expected blurry results.

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Imagine my surprise when it turned around on the branch and looked toward where I was looking through the window. Leaning forward, it left the branch and it was off and flying… I captured another blurry image.

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It took a second for me to register the fact that the amazing predator was gliding down to the ground, where it landed twenty feet from the window.

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Look how well it blends in with it’s surroundings! It was such a thrill to see this magnificent bird so closely.

11 thoughts on “Red Tail Hawk

  1. I know that thrill. I know how it feels when you see that the photo is a bit blurry (but it’s still worth posting). Hard to do better when they are so far away. The closer picture is much clearer, and you have captured a great pose – great poses for all of them, really. I bet the little songbirds were not as thrilled as you were.


    1. Thank you Anneli, I couldn’t believe that it came close enough to get a sharp image. I doubt I’ll get that lucky again. The little songbirds seemed unaware of the hawk that day, which is odd because usually there is not a bird in sight if a hawk is nearby.

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