Thursday, 22 May 2014

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
RIM Park, Waterloo, ON
17 May 2014

    Many species in the genus Buteo are highly variable in plumage, perhaps none more so that the Red-tailed Hawk, commonly found throughout North America in plumages as dark as that found in Harlan's Hawk, to the ghostly pale colouration of the desert-dwelling Krider's Hawk.
    Common Buzzard Buteo buteo also presents substantial colour variation - for excellent pictures of a variety of plumages of this species see Noushka's excellent blog 1,000 Pattes.
    This pale morph Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched in a tree quietly surveying its surrounding.


  1. Beautiful pictures, David.
    Greetings Irma

  2. That's a nice shot of the Hawk in the spring leaves! It's also a bird that I saw this trip so good to see again.

  3. Splendour pictures of this robber, beautiful colors and sharp.
    Greetings Tinie

  4. Magnificent photography ~ love this hawk ~ one of nature's treasures ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol ( A Creative Harbor)

  5. WOW, great photos!
    What a lovely bird!
    Yes it has a little something in common with our C. buzzard!
    Many thanks for mentioning my blog.... How odd I just publish about it today!!
    Enjoy your weekend, David!

  6. Really nice shots which show how Buteos just sit partially hidden to watch the world go by.

    I came via Google+ and just noticed the avenue name of your address. Cool stuff - are they still around? There are Lapwing Drives and goodness knows what around here, but rarely any birds.

    1. Ospreys are actually common around here, Phil. The closest breeding pair to me is less than ten minutes away, but there are numerous nests along the Grand River. If you were here I could also take you to three Bald Eagles nests within a half hour of my front door.

  7. Gorgeous portraits of this hawk.
    Best regards, Synnöve

  8. My compliments for this magnificent red-tailed hawk David.
    You have this really pretty bright and full of great details in the picture put. Really beautiful to see!