Red-tailed Hawk

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The most common hawk in North America is the Red-tailed Hawk.  Even with their stouter body and broader wings, the Red-tailed Hawk is slightly smaller than the Osprey but larger than the Red-shouldered Hawk.

The Red-tailed Hawk’s wingspan is 45-53″ (114-133cm), compared to the Osprey’s 59-71″ (150-180cm) and Red-shouldered Hawk’s 37-43″ (94-111cm) wingspan.

I captured this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk soaring in circles above me.

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Red-tailed Hawk

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Red-tailed Hawk

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Red-tailed Hawk

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Red-tailed Hawk

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As it continued it’s circling, the hawk was quickly carried away in the slight wind.  What a beauty!

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33 thoughts on “Red-tailed Hawk

  1. Very nice shots. While they may both may be a sign of the same thing, I guess it’s better to have a hawk circling above you than a vulture. 🙂

  2. What beautiful shots, Donna! Their light under-colors remind me of looking up at the Ospreys hovering above our cove.

    • Thank you, HJ! We have lots and lots of them around the Chesapeake Bay. I always been amazed how many I see up here. Down in Florida, it was always the Red-shouldered Hawks that were in abundance.

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