There is no denying that red-tailed hawks are birds of prey but many of us in our area find it fascinating to watch them turn sweeping circles in the air on their broad, rounded wings.
Our neighbors have some beautiful Eucalyptus trees nearby and you can see that this duo of red-tailed hawks seem to survey the countryside from their perfect view.
When hawks come to rest, they like to be a minimum of 10 to 15 feet off the ground. In building nests, they value a solid foundation. Their nest is usually in the crotch of a large tree with a commanding view. I have seen these nests in eucalyptus and sycamore trees. I have read that some use the same nest every year, renewing the evergreen sprigs and leaves in the inner lining.
telephone pole, the keen-eyed hawk observes and waits patiently for its food.
According to National Geographic, the average life span of a red-tailed hawk in the wild can be 21 years! The color of this variety of hawk is intriguing, as there are 14 recognized subspecies.
There he goes! It seems their most popular targets are rabbits and squirrels in our region.
Photos for Wild Bird Wednesday
All the best,
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