Here a Red-Tailed Hawk, There a Red-Tailed Hawk

I was amazed at the number of Red-Tailed Hawks I saw in Colorado my recent trip. In fact, the very first picture I got in Colorado was a picture of a Red-Tailed Hawk catching a large snake.

 Red-Tailed Hawk with snake

Perhaps the greatest surprise of all was that there was even a snake out in winter in Broomfield, especially since it had snowed the week before.

Seconds later the apparent mate of this bird started circling us

Red-Tailed Hawk

dropping ever closer to the point where I could barely keep it in the frame.

 Red-Tailed Hawk

I actually had several more sightings of Red-Tailed Hawks on my 5-day visit, but this one on the last day particularly stood out because of how white its chest was,

Red-Tailed Hawk

even more noticeable because it was sunning in the 50° weather. Although it didn't look like any Red-Tailed Hawk I’ve seen while sitting in the tree, it did look like one once it took off and flew by us.

Red-Tailed Hawk

I often find it difficult to identify Red-Tailed Hawks because there are so many “morphs,” or variations in plumage. Luckily they are all beautiful and photogenic, which is all I’m really very concerned with.

3 thoughts on “Here a Red-Tailed Hawk, There a Red-Tailed Hawk

  1. I am so happy that you were able to enjoy colorado in 50 degree weather. It has hovered around zero for two days for us in the mountains and we are going to continue to have that type of weather for several more days. Colorado weather is interesting!

    • I noticed the predicted drop before I left. We had much colder temperatures getting there and getting home. I think it was 18 degrees in Montana on the way there and lots of snow in Oregon and Washington on the way home.

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