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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis


Juvenile Red-tails don't have a red tail like the adults. The red tail is the mark of a seasoned and proved hunter. This particular individual looks sure to reach his goal. California contains Red-tail types known as the "classic western" models.


The wind was blowing hard yet this bird of prey seemed to remain motionless from her mastery of wing control. I say "she" because it was larger.

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maplemoth662 6 years ago

Photo No. 1: is very beautiful....

Brian Hayhoe
Brian Hayhoe 8 years ago

amazing picture and amazing bird! thanks for posting

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Neither. This is not a captive bird Animalia. Often, when birds are injured, they are rescued, tagged, then released again. Or maybe it was captured by Golden Gate Raptor Observatory during their migration count, tagged, and then released again. This bird was photographed while hunting near the lighthouse at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Animalia 8 years ago

Is this from a zoo or a reserve? Please specify with name, because I haven't seen captive reds anywhere in Cali. (It's captive because there's a tag on the right leg) Amazing shots too!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thanks Sunny

sunnyjosef 9 years ago

Great spotting Joshua..

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thank you Flame! :)

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 9 years ago

Amazing photos!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thanks Joshua. Yeah you got that right... literally.

JoshuaGSmith 9 years ago

Awesome series! It must have been in strong wind to be suspended in the air like that.

Great series Joshua,amazing how you capture his look,congrats and thanks for sharing

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Wonderful series, Joshua! Especially like the third photo but all of them are great.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thanks venusflytrap2000! Yeah, I'm happy he didn't find my face tasty looking :)

CalebSteindel 9 years ago

epic series, joshua! He looks so intimidating in the 3rd image!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thanks James!

James McNair
James McNair 9 years ago

Remarkable images Joshua

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Thank you Ashley :) Ya that seems to be the winner.

AshleyT 9 years ago

Nice shots! That third photo is really intense

Josh Asel
Spotted by
Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Feb 18, 2015
Submitted on Feb 27, 2015

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