He was soaring at the back of my property this afternoon (some kind of hawk? Not flapping, soaring). I caught him just as he landed briefly. He definitely noticed me, but he had that arrogant "you mean nothing in my universe" air. I'd call him a strawberry roan, maybe 3-4 foot wingspan.
I always see them perched on something near the hayfield waiting for mice. One flew low over our outside ring this summer making its screaming noise & one horse (Arab, natch) looked straight up at it, almost pointing with his nose. It was kind of funny.
What a great series of pictures! They are such cool shots of his attitude- even if the quality isn't natl'geo.
Looks like a redtailed hawk to me too.
Early last spring there was one who often hunted field mice from on top of one of my fenceposts... there was another that was a lighter honey color. I assumed they were a pair, but didn't know who was who till one day I happened to be looking when one flew towards the other perched on a post- and I thought- "Where the heck does he think he's gonna land?" and wham bam thank you ma'am... I now knew which was the male and which was the famale. What a thing to witness!
Anyway- there is a lot of color variation in redtails.
And Suze! Your DH is a falconer!!?? How cool is that!? Does he do it from horseback too? (I'm still super impressed even if he doesn't) Do you have pictures of his bird/s? ... that doesn't sound right does it.?
I've seen an osprey fishing in ponds at a farm nearby. Hubby first thought it was a bald eagle-- but upon closer inspection it has a white head with black eye streaks. I didn't know quite what it was (it was NOT a redtail hawk!) but thanks to the link above I figured it out. The osprey has distinctive "M" wings when flying, and it flaps a lot compared to vultures and hawks. It is so neat to watch it fish-- diving straight down into the water, feet first, so fast and steep that it submerges itself. Then it flies up dripping with water, hopefully with a fish in its talons. The ponds are fully stocked with bass and bluegill, and with the dry summer the water level is way down (making for easy pickings). I didn't know we could have osprey here in central Kentucky, but it's a fascinating bird.
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