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Red-tailed Hawk

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 25 August 2014 in Animal & Insect.

‘Orion’ - Red-tailed Hawk

Orion was found by the side of the road unable to fly. He was taken to a raptor rehabilitator who discovered he had two broken wings. Unfortunately they could not be repaired well enough for him to be released. He was transferred to BPRC in late 2009 and has settled in well meeting the public.

Though these education ambassadors have been given names, we must respect them as wild animals. In many cases these birds will be with us for many years, and since we have more than one bird per species, we attempt to give them names that are derived from a bird’s actions or a reference to the natural history of that species. As you read their stories, remember that these birds began their lives as wild creatures and came to us after humans had a negative impact on them. It must be stressed that the birds of Blackland Prairie Raptor Center are and always will remain wild birds of prey, not pets.

NIKON D5000 1/350 second F/9.5 ISO 320 202 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

When the bird can no longer fly, it is a sad thing. The good thing is that it can help people to live in a sheltered environment. Photo of a bird is very beautiful

25 Aug 2014 5:40am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I am fascinated by birds of prey, they are magnificent birds at photos of which I like looking to know them better

25 Aug 2014 7:32am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe, j'adore ce spectacle.
Belle composition.)

25 Aug 2014 7:53am

jean pierre from paris, France

joli dialogue!! amitiés

25 Aug 2014 8:07am

michel creze from le havre, France

Les yeux dans les yeux !!!!

Eye to Eye !!!!

25 Aug 2014 8:35am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle prise!

25 Aug 2014 9:23am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A speech bubble is in order here. Perhaps along the lines of "Come on let me fly. Can't you see I'm feeling peckish?" :)

25 Aug 2014 10:07am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice portraits!
such beautiful focus, colors, lighting & reflections!

25 Aug 2014 11:20am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

He is beautiful !! Great portrait of them !

25 Aug 2014 11:33am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful story! I am pleased that Orion has saved her wings! All my kids are older vets ... so protective of animals. Liked making this partnership work! An honor to meet you!

25 Aug 2014 11:43am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

good looking hawk ! You might be interested in this.

25 Aug 2014 12:14pm

@Hiro: Thank you.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Sueprbe rapace et iamge avec sa dresseuse quelle compo.

25 Aug 2014 2:12pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent portraits

25 Aug 2014 2:22pm

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

Hello, Barbara! I love birds of prey but I have a problem if they live in captivity. I am glad that you explain why they live in captivity. Unfortunately, there are very many birds that are caught or farmed only for shows - which I reject. Greetings from Sonja

25 Aug 2014 2:38pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

beautiful shot! looking forward to lunch today with you!

25 Aug 2014 3:35pm

@Tim: It was fun. Let me know how it goes the next few weeks. Yes, lets do the photo thing you mentioned!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Looks like a stare-down contest between these two! Beautiful detail captured in the hawk's plumage!!

25 Aug 2014 6:40pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

It's amazing to me that birds found with broken wings can be rehabilitated enough to be used as such, for education. Wonderful story with the great photo, Barbara.

25 Aug 2014 8:16pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


26 Aug 2014 12:29pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Magnificent !! I love that tail...almost earth colour:))

26 Aug 2014 2:03pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

A nice look at that red tail.

27 Aug 2014 10:53am

1/350 second
ISO 320
202 mm (35mm equiv.)