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Saturday, May 28, 2011

BPRC - Red Tailed Hawks

Last weekend I had the great pleasure to visit the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center on the shores of Lake Lavon just east of Plano, Texas. I had the privilege of meeting 11 birds of prey which I will  share here on the Blue Lion Blog over time. Each of the BPRC's educations birds are unable to survive in the wild due to either physical or behavioral issues that would prevent their adaptation to a wild state.The first installment features the Red Tailed Hawk. These are the largest hawks we have in North Texas and are a common sight in our skies. Because of their wide distribution in North America, you (assuming you're in North America!) you are probably familiar with them.  To learn more about these great birds, I strongly recommend Cornell University's Ornithology Lab as a fundamental resource regarding birds.





I hope you enjoyed these great raptors.... also feel free to visit Camera Critters for a wealth of other animals!

14 comments:

  1. Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Stunning images of these most beautiful hawks! Gorgeous creatures!

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  3. Lucky you!!! Great shots of beautiful birds!

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  4. These are common in northeastern Oklahoma. Beautiful birds.

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  5. Wow, these are awesome cloeups of the RedTailed.

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  6. Hey Teach! You really got this hawk down; these are some really good shots! Up here in Michigan we've got all manner of some great birds! Here, in southwest, lower MI., we build homes for Peregrine Falcons on the rooftops of the tallest buildings downtown! Falcons take them up and move in, too. Now, we can see them soar or float across a winter sky, hunting for prey... they are safe and protected, here! We can see hawks like this one on a simple cruise out on any country road, as well. I love the big birds and big cats! Thank you, John! Respectfully, Robert

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  7. Breathtaking and beautifully composed!

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  8. Very impressive photos. We have hawks out where I live, and they never cease to amaze me, the way they dive and come up with dinner. I've had them try to take my dog a couple of times and had to get between them and him.

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  9. Excellent! Such a beautiful Raptor!

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  10. Great images John, I think my favorite is the third.

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