Thursday, February 25, 2010

Red-tailed Hawk Over Hawk Ridge

Hawk Ridge is one of the best places in North America to watch raptors during the fall migration. Each year as temps begin to fall many raptors begin their journey south. Some like osprey and broad-winged hawk are on their way to warm tropical climates. Other raptors, like red-tailed hawks and bald eagles, go only as far as necessary to find a spot where they will be able to find food through out the winter. All of them use thermals, warm air rising from the earth, to save energy as they migrate. Unfortunately the Great Lakes are large bodies of cold water and so there are no thermals so the birds choose to go around the lakes which is why many end up flying over Hawk Ridge. I photographed this red-tailed hawk flying over the ridge back in October.

21 comments:

KaHolly said...

And what a beautiful photograph it is! So crisp and clear. A wonderful capture!! Thanks for sharing. Hawk Ridge sounds like the place to be in the fall. ~karen

Elisabeth said...

Fabulous capture...excellent!

Rafael said...

Amazing shot!
that hawk is so beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous capture as always! The hawk is indeed so very beautiful and love it silhouetted against the lovely blue sky! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Kcalpesh said...

Supershot, great focus, details and composition!

Riet said...

What an amazing picture of the hawk. Great shot

Eaglesbrother said...

Great Red Tail Photograph.

Alexander said...

That's is a very beautiful bird great capture!

Have a good weekend.

Alexander
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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

EB: Nice capture of the neat hawk on wing in the blue sky.

J Bar said...

Great capture.
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Manang Kim said...

Great capture of the Hawk and you've got a very blue sky. Happy weekend.

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Samson said...

Great shot

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LV said...

You did an excellent job capturing that hawk in such a lovely sky view.

Coy said...

Beautiful capture of a soaring RT. It looks like we had the same Skywatch idea today, raptors in flight.

Laura Hegfield said...

Makes me want to soar free too:)

LadyFi said...

A soaring bird against the blue blue sky... Just fabulous!

Shubd said...

Brilliant ... the picture as the blue of the sky !!

I have never been able to shoot birds in flight !!
I am so envious :)

Tarun Mitra said...

man....what an amazing shot...

jo said...

Stunning.

Judy said...

Awesome capture! I'm going to have to see about going to Hawk Ridge the next time we are in Minnesota. Thanks for including the link.

Karen said...

What a great shot of that hawk against the blue sky...nicely captured :-)