Red-tailed Hawk Taking Off For SkyWatch Friday

by Larry Jordan on November 26, 2009

Red-tailed Hawk Taking Flight photo by Larry Jordan

I caught this Red-tailed Hawk taking off from its perch, or should I say it caught me taking its photo and took off.  The easiest way to ID a Red-tailed Hawk from below is the dark bar at the fore edge of the wing.  The adult will also show a light chest with a dark belly band like this bird.

But the best way to be sure of the ID is when the Red-tailed Hawk banks enough to see the top of its tail.  It then becomes obvious.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great Skywatch Friday!  Go see the other great sky photos too!

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kitty November 26, 2009 at 11:45 am

An impressive bird! I actually really like the taking-off shot – it’s legs look so powerful.
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Eaglesbrother November 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Simply fantastic shots of the Red tailed Hawk…we have some here I keep trying to get closer to for a better photograph..seldome they are rather shy.

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John November 26, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Cool shots! I like how red-tails give the appearance of having landing gear.
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Eileen November 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Happy Thanksgiving. Great shots of the Red tailed hawk.
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Rune November 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Great shots! Happy SkyWatch 🙂
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eden November 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Beautiful shots . Happy Thanksgiving
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Tricia November 26, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Fantastic ‘In Flight’ shots!
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Japa November 26, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Impressive shots of hawk and the skies.
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VioletSky November 27, 2009 at 3:33 am

You can really get a sense of his impressive wingspan at this angle! His body looks puny in comparison.
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Elisabeth November 27, 2009 at 3:40 am

Congratulations on these shots…not an easy task. Very nice captures.
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Nicole November 27, 2009 at 9:01 am

He’s gorgeous!
Congrats on these beautiful shots!
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Joe Todd November 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

Hawks and sky go together . Very nice


chris November 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

Hi Larry,
I’m so envious of your raptor pictures. I’ve almost never been able to get one, even of the common raptors in France. I guess one has to know them a bit to get these nice shots like yours!
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Paula November 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Really cool photo and thanks so much for the birding tips, they’re very, very helpful.
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Debra November 28, 2009 at 11:31 am

These really are fantastic shots and I love the one of the hawk taking off! I am quite envious that you are able to get such wonderful shots of birds in flight. I’ve been trying to get a good shot of two eagles that fly over our house from time to time, but I haven’t figured out the right settings to have my camera on, so they are always just a little blurry. I’m wondering if I need a different lens too. Anyway, I am determined to get a good shot of them someday! 🙂
.-= Debra´s last blog ..Skywatch Friday =-.


Scott November 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Were these shots captured at your home? If so quite jealous.

Heather and I went birding along the levees on Sunday and saw quite a few red-tailed hawks. Just love them!


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