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Red-tailed Hawks

Buteo jamaicensis


This pair of red-tailed hawks--an adult and a juvenile, were continually circling overhead. We heard their tell-tale screams and there were even points where both hawks were flying with their legs hanging. Apparently, courting hawks extend their legs and "sometimes, the pair [will] grab onto one other, clasp talons, and plummet in spirals toward the ground before pulling away." As exciting as that sounds, we only saw them flying with legs extended. :-/ Spotted at Whittier Narrows Nature Center.

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1 Comment

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Nice spotting and information!

L.A., California, USA

Spotted on Jun 3, 2012
Submitted on Aug 15, 2012

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