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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis


Large sized hawk. Varied morph colors and shades of plumage depending on sub-species type and breeding pairs colors. Light to dark shades,reddish,cream and browns. Brown shoulders,back. Generally lighter shades and patterns in undersides.


Evergreens,tall trees,low shrubs,grasses and open field areas.


This precious,curious Red tailed Hawk appeared to be a juvenile. In the previous year a Hawk had fallen from the top portion of the same tall evergreen tree this hawk was sitting in. The previous fallen hawk made a small flight to a lower part of tree in the same stand of tall evergreens. Slowly it was making towards the tree heights. A few later checks did not reveal a hawk or hawk in distress. I believe there is a hawk nest high and hidden in this tall evergreen tree. This year I was fortunate to share curious glances with this hawk pictured. Note to self...never leave the camera for coffee. This was a quick,panic picture grab with a handy camera I had never used before. The hawk was peeking out at me from a large evergreen bough. Perched,cute as can be.

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Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Spotted on Mar 20, 2013
Submitted on Jun 14, 2013

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