Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Red-tailed Hawk - Early April update

For the past two or three weeks, neither my neighbour nor I have seen more than one Red-tailed Hawk sitting in the eucalyptus tree for any extended period. We've observed both male and female hawks watching from this branch, but never more than one at a time, so we're not sure if the second male is still involved. No nest activity lately. I wonder if there will be any little ones this year?

I hadn't had a chance to photograph any of the hawks since I got my new lens. Yesterday afternoon was a good opportunity. I took these photographs from the middle of the road at the closest point for a good view.

Here are two different shots. The first is uncropped.

Canon Rebel XT. 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/4000

The second was cropped using Paintshop Pro X.


It wasn't until I cropped the photos that I realized that she was using only one foot to grasp the branch. This can be seen quite clearly in the second photo (click on the photo for an enlargement).

6 comments:

chiefbiscuit said...

Fantastic! We have wood pigeons in a eucalyptus tree not far from us. I have featured them on a previous blog, with their white butcher's aprons over very portly chests.
I suppose the one-legged grip means it's injured? Hope it's okay.

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

What a beauty. I love coming here in the morning. I wake up with coffee and your pics. LOL

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Great shots. She's gorgeous. We drive past a favorite red-tailed hawk perch on our way into town. They do possess an awesome presence. I've seen hawks perched, standing on one leg. I always just assumed it's a resting position for them. I may have to do a little checking around to see why they do it.

Dan Trabue said...

Great photos!

Pam in Tucson said...

chiefbiscuit - I found your blog post - I love the "wop-wop-wop" sound effect of the wood pigeon. Re injury - hopefully not (see RD's comment). I noted it in the hope that someone would know if this is common; what a sense of balance!

cynthia - I'm glad to welcome you in the morning. I'm running out of pics, though, with little time these days to take more :-{

RD - There is apparently another pair in the neighbourhood, although I haven't been able to spot the nest. I see them circling frequently these days. I'd be very interested to know if this hawks commonly rest just on one foot.

dan - Thanks very much for coming by. Glad you like the photos.

Sonia said...

Great! Love these photos!