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).


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!