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Hunting Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Posted on Oct 29, 2014

This Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is on the hunt and you can tell this is the case by seeing where its head and eyes are pointed – straight down. It is also holding its wings and tail in positions for a lazy, floating flight. While it is not hovering it is using the wind to slowly comb over the landscape in search of small mammals. Even if you are far from the bird, like I was in this photo, you can often still see the distinctive “belly band” of dark splotches across the white undersides. We are about to hit the peak of their migration in the Northeast so be on the lookout for newcomers in your neighborhood.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight-0364

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator