Red-tailed Hawk
Near my office window in Braintree, Mass. Also seen in Illinois and New Mexico. Hover pointer over thumbnail for caption. Click on thumbnail to load larger image.
Young red-tailed hawk Junior II (2003) right outside my office window. Young red-tailed hawk Junior II right outside my office window, Braintree, Mass., 2003. Red-tailed hawk pants on a hot day, 2003. Young red-tailed hawk Junior I (2002 edition) right outside my office window. Young red-tailed hawk Junior I right outside my office window, Braintree, Mass., 2002.
Young red-tailed hawk Junior I (2002 edition) right outside my office window. Junior I sees if parent has any food, 2002. Juniors III (twins) in the nest with one of the parents, May 13, 2004, about three weeks after hatching. One of the parents roosts on our office building, 2004. The hawks have to put up with getting mobbed by smaller birds such as mockingbirds.
Young Red-Tailed Hawk, digiscoped as he sat in a tree, Canon S330 camera and Televue 85 telescope. One of my first digiscoping efforts, Braintree Hawk, 2004.  Couldn´t get this tight with a conventional telephoto lens to show the cottonwood fluff stuck in the branches, but shooting with this setup on a cloudy day through a thick window muddied the sharpness and contrast. One of the Juniors III spreads his wings, 2004. The 2005 nest is further away than in previous years so it was necessary to use digiscoping to get Junior IV on June 5.  Televue 85 telescope, Canon S45 digital camera. Junior IV on June 5.  Digiscoped with Televue 85 telescope, Canon S45 digital camera.
One of the parents flies to the nest, Braintree, 2003. Junior IV on June 5. Digiscoped with Televue 85 telescope, Canon S45 digital camera. Hawk in a tree, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, 2004. Red-tailed Hawk, Western Illinois, 2005. Red-tailed hawk in the woods near my yard, 2006.
Red-tailed Hawk, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, January 2007. Red-tailed Hawk, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, January 2007. Red-tailed Hawk, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, January 2007. Red-tailed Hawk?, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, January 2007. Red-tailed hawk, Bosque del Apache NWR.
Red-tailed hawk, Bosque del Apache NWR. Red-tailed hawk, Bosque del Apache NWR. Red-tailed hawks, Bosque del Apache NWR. Red-tailed Hawk, Squaw Creek NWR, Missouri, December 2005. Red-tailed Hawk, Squaw Creek NWR, Missouri, December 2005.
Red-tailed Hawk, Squaw Creek NWR, Missouri, December 2005. Red-tailed hawk, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri, December 2006. Hawk, Squaw Creek NWR, 2007 Red-tailed hawk, Squaw Creek NWR, MO, November 2008. Hawk, Squaw Creek NWR, Missouri, December 2015.  In looking through my Sibley bird book, I think this is a juvenile red-tailed hawk that has not yet developed the red tail.

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