Red-Tailed Hawk


I got a chance to go to take a trip a local lake and do some birding recently. I was hoping to see some birds of prey (Bald Eagle, Red Tailed Hawk, etc…) and so when I saw a Red-Tail Hawk flying around, I was really eager to get some pictures. I have never photographed birds of prey, but I wanted to try anyways, and what better way to learn than doing!

Here are some pictures I took of the Hawk in flight:

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

I also wanted to get some pictures of this guy on the ground, so after he landed I went into stealth mode. I had trouble at first. I thought I was being real sneaky, and was creeping up on him, crawling around a hill, thinking he couldn’t see me. Well, the next thing I know, he decides that he HAS seen me, and he has seen quite enough of me, so packs his bags and flies about 50 yards away. This continued for a while… I would get close, he would take off… I would get closer, he would take off again. This charade was kept up until It was time for us to get going and head home.

Here are a few pictures I got during the chase:

A Red-Tailed Hawk, resting on a post.

A Red-Tailed Hawk, resting on a post.

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk in flight

On the drive home I kept seeing more hawks! I I don’t know how many we saw, but its a short 20 minute drive, so it seemed like a lot. We were almost home when we saw another Red-Tailed sitting about 20 feet away from the road, on what we thought was a rabbit. I had my dad pull in a driveway a little ways down, and tried to get some pictures.

Here are a few pics of this Red-Tail:

A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting with his meal

A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting with his meal

A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting with his meal

A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting with his meal

A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting with his meal

A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting with his meal

A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting with his meal

A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting with his meal

So as I was sitting there in the car, and lo and behold, another Red-Tail flies up and lands on a telephone post next to us (I was thinking ‘I need to wake up! this is such a crazy dream!’).

Here is a picture of  that Red-Tail:

A Red-Tail Hawk taking flight from his perch up on a telephone pole.

A Red-Tail Hawk taking flight from his perch up on a telephone pole. (I love this picture!!!)

I finally scared the both of them away, but got some nice pictures in the process:

A Red-Tailed Hawk taking flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk taking flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk taking flight

A Red-Tailed Hawk taking flight

The silhouette of a Red-Tailed Hawk.

The silhouette of a Red-Tailed Hawk.

All in all, It was a great day to go birding, and I am even more amazed at the magnificence and majesty of a Red-Tailed Hawk, then I was even this morning!

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About Wyatt VanDePol

Son, Brother, Nikon photographer, Beekeeper, Pianist, Artist, Coffee lover, Good book lover, Cross Country runner, and WordPress blogger.

8 responses to “Red-Tailed Hawk”

  1. Bob Zeller says :

    Nice collection of images of the Red-tailed Hawk. It is my favorite raptor to photograph, too,

  2. New Hampshire Gardener says :

    It’s always great to find what you’ve been hunting for. Nice shots!

  3. The Birding Bunch says :

    Beautiful pictures! We had a Red-tailed Hawk nest near the creek by us and enjoyed the young as they cried and cried wanting to be fed. They came up by our home a few times, still crying for whatever reason. We look forward to their return. We have a free meal fattening itself on our bird feed and later it will try for our garden.

    • Wyatt VanDePol says :

      Wow! That sounds like quite an opportunity to get some really cool pictures! I hope you have luck with them coming back to nest! Thanks so much for visiting, and commenting!

  4. Jennifer says :

    The photography is beautiful…..I especially love all nature, so these are amazing!!

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