Sunday, March 8, 2015

Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis at Jenney Pond.

Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
Drove around yesterday to check out different areas to photograph and either there was not much happening or the snow was so high that it was difficult to get into the area.  Finally ended up at Jenney Pond, where was the usual mallards and sworn along with a female common goldeneye swimming.  I wanted to get pictures of the goldeneye, but to get to an area where I could photograph the duck cleanly the snow was soft and I sunk up above my knees and had to abandon the effort.  We went down to the bridge, and soon as the mallards, saw, or us.  They started coming toward us, because they expected to be fed.  Which we did with cracked corn.

As would a previous day.  Suddenly the mallards all took off back into the water, but looking we did not at first see a raptor.  The ducks came back and the same occurrence and then the hawk flew into one tree, stayed for a while then flew and circled and went up to what top branch where was easier to photograph them without all the tree limbs in front of the hawk.  Identification of the hawk turned out to be that this one was a red tailed hawk.  While it was sitting on the top branch, crows flew by and one landed near it and cawed at the hawk, but none of the crows attack the hawk.  I was hoping for some action.  However, I was able to capture some nice flight pictures.  As I said previously be prepared because you never know what is going to happen.

Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis

Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis With a Common Crow

Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis

Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis




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