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With a powerful thrust of energy, this red-tailed hawk stretches out her wings to take flight. She sees her mate about a hundred yards away in another grove of trees and goes to join him. Rather romantic, isn’t it! After taking turns guarding their nest, it’s time to hunt for today’s meal. We have an abundance of these hawks throughout the Midwest United States. They can be seen in groups circling high and low in the sky in search of prey or mates (depending on the time of year).


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They are a graceful predatory bird and a fierce defender of their nests. These hawks usually mate for life and can live up to thirty years. They have adapted well to human habitat and are often seen sitting atop descriptive road signs only a few yards from the highway’s speeding traffic. One can see why birds have been used as models for airplane designs as they were created to ride the wind most efficiently. I especially like it when they catch thermal uplifts and glide without effort for what seems like hours.

4 thoughts on “TAKE OFF

  1. I had to share this wisdom as it made an impact on myself. Glad you saw it and told me.

  2. Hey Scott, much appreciated. I clearly see how well you have developed your photographic niche. Great work.

  3. I also – wanted to comment – on your post “Today I will make a difference” – (comments closed) – that is classic blogging – you have no idea who will read it – or indeed if the post will have any impact… well Sir I read it and it had an impact – made me think – surely that what blogging is all about

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