Red Tails & RAIN!!!

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It is finally raining at The Holler even though we are still in the midst of the worst recorded drought in California history.
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The rain isn’t nearly enough, but at least it will keep the hawks alive for awhile.
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I am unable to adequately describe the hawks, I love them so.
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Words fail, photos make due.
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Hawks are my friends here.
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So glad we moved to this iffy place, one of Southern California’s last remaining wild spaces.
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The Holler is built on a mountain with an empty valley below. Hawks often fly at our eye level or below, allowing us to look down on them as they soar. Normally hawks fly high, above us all.
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I suspect we all need to live this way, wild and free, and above it all.
Cheers to you from the indescribably free Holler Hawks~

253 thoughts on “Red Tails & RAIN!!!

  1. People got tired of me photographing hawks in my neck of the woods but it never got old for me. I love hawks too.

    About the drought, I hear that California farmers have resorted to drill into subterranean water tables for irrigation, and so much have been taken from the aquifers that the USGS believes that the entire state is sinking at a rate of 1 inch per year.

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    • Yes. I have noticed this too. There must be more prey presence, possibly due to less use of rodent poison.
      See:
      LCRed-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
      “This species has undergone a large and statistically significant increase over the last 40 years in North America (177% increase over 40 years, equating to a 29% increase per decade; data from Breeding Bird Survey and/or Christmas Bird Count: Butcher and Niven 2007).”
      Taxonomic source(s)
      del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

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  2. These photos are simply breath-taking. Stunning color and such a majestic creature of the sky. May the blessings of the hawk always be yours. Peace

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  3. Hi Cindy, Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
    Hope your day is great…Wow!! you sure are a wonderful photographer. These pictures- all of them are gorgeous and so very perfect….I have to tell you that I looked at your picture and I saw in your eyes a lovely person, I had to read your bio….I love it, If I could I would be way out in the Boonies. God Bless , have a great week and thank you for your comments on my blogs
    Sherri

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  4. I adore birds of all sorts, but hawks are pretty much my favorites. My totem animal, maybe. Lovely shots! So grateful for your getting a sip of rain in the Holler. More soon, I hope.
    ❤
    Kathryn
    And a joyful end/beginning of the year to you and yours, creatures of the human sort and all of the other denizens with whom you share your home and heart! 🙂

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  5. Wow, how did you ever get these pics?! Incredibly beautiful and graceful creatures they are! Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your photos and blog! Wishing a healthy & Happy New Year, Cindy!
    Blessings & hugs!
    xo

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