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Red-tailed hawk with prey

Buteo jamaicensis


This is a Red-tailed hawk with 2 snakes in its talons spiraling away from me. I didn't expect this scene to happen as I was driving slowly on a gravel road. I literally parked my vehicle in the middle of the road and started taking pictures. The diet of red-tailed hawks is highly variable with reptiles being high on their list. It was really interesting watching it fly away with the snakes -- it was flying as if it was showing off its prey. It was in no hurry and it just kept spiraling higher and higher.


Spotted along the N. Wenas Road in eastern Washington. Foothills of the Cascade mountains around 2000 ft.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 months ago

One for mains one for dessert.

Brian38 11 months ago

Thanks for the kind words Tom, Neil, and Saturniidae27.

Saturniidae27 11 months ago

That's an truly amazing sight you were able to catch, Brian.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 11 months ago

Amazing spotting, Brian. What are these odds, hey?

tomk3886 11 months ago

I think you and the hawk were lucky. I suspect the hawk found a mating pair of snakes.

Brian38 11 months ago

Thanks, Sukanya. It was really exciting to see. It was my first bird with a snake or in this case 2 snakes spotting.

SukanyaDatta 11 months ago

Brian!!!! This is incredible. So lucky to see something like this. Wow. Thanks for sharing...we got to see it too. (I am very envious though...honest confession.)

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Selah, Washington, United States

Spotted on Jun 10, 2020
Submitted on Jul 4, 2020

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