RED-TAILED HAWKS: RAPTOR RAPTURE
Red-tailed hawks are one of the commonest and largest BUTEO species in North America, the Caribbean and further afield. There are fourteen widely-distributed subspecies. Their omni-habitat flexibility helps to maintain their prolific populations. They are equally at home in forests, grassland, open country, desert and even cities, at most altitudes.
This red-tail is preparing for flight. It had been sitting upright (see above), scanning for prey. Suddenly it hunched forwards, poised for take-off, the light of late afternoon sun catching its leg feathers. Moments later it raised its wings and was gone in an instant – the next photo an unusable blur of feathery speed.
6 RED-TAILED HAWK FACTS TO STARTLE YOUR AUNT WITH
1. The RTH displays SEXUAL DIMORPHISM in size – females average 25% heavier than males
2. Immature birds have yellowish irises. As the bird matures the iris darkens to a reddish-brown…
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