Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blizzards of 2010: Red-Tailed Hawk and Red-Shouldered Hawk

We saw in a previous post the red-shouldered hawk during the peak of the snow.  Here is a photo of the red-shouldered hawk perching the morning after the storm.
The next morning, this red-tailed hawk arrived and perched in the same spot.
This hawk would perch, then fly out, make a circle, and then perch again.
In the two above photos, you can see the red-tailed hawk's wing feathers as viewed from above and below.  The dark upper feathers and the white lower feathers provide protection from predators - though which predators is never clear to me.
And here is the reason for the name - the clearly red tail,  

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