Red-Shouldered Hawk

During a recent kayak outing near my home, I was surprised to see this Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) flying over the kayak, at a low altitude. A few short years ago, this would have been a rare sight. But the Red-shouldered hawk’s range has been constantly expanding in our area and today it is quite […]

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Closeup Red-tailed Hawk Encounter

While cruising the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, I pulled over beside the road to check out the area with my binoculars. As I came to a stop, a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) flew up from the marshy flora and began to fly away from the area. I had been oblivious to him being there, as […]

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Other Prairie Critters

In addition to the Harriers and the Short-Eared Owls, several other prairie inhabitants were seen during my recent trip to Prairie State Park and Shawnee Trail Conservation Area (southwest Missouri). Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) were spotted seemingly everywhere along the roads and often sitting in prairie trees/shrubs, or soaring over the open prairie:     […]

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Red-Tailed Hawk Nestlings

The other day I received an e-mail from a birding friend, telling me that she has a pair of Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) nesting on her land (with nestlings in the nest) and asking me if I wanted to drive over and photograph them. Well, that was a no-brainer for me! The next day, I grabbed […]

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Size Doesn’t Always Matter!

… and here’s another good example! As I was paddling back toward the parking lot at the end of yesterday’s kayak outing, I looked up to see a hawk (Red-tailed?) landing in a dead tree just ahead of me. No sooner did the hawk land, he was again airborn … with a Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) hot on his […]

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A Duck-Hunting Cooper’s Hawk

During one of my recent kayak outings, I had “Rubber Ducky” sitting under some willow trees, photographing ducks as they flew over me and into the marshy area directly in front of me. As I photographed, a large bird approached from the far end of the marsh. As it got closer, I identified it as a Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter […]

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The Art of Falconry

A few years ago, when I was still working in the corporate world, I found out that one of my colleague’s husband was involved with falconry, the art of training falcons to hunt. Actually, there are many different kinds of birds of prey used in today’s falconry sport: falcons, red-tailed hawks, American kestrals, etc. Regardless if you agree […]

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