Elusive raptors,

rarely let you near.

When they do,

you are enraptured.

Melanistic red tail hawks have more melanin or pigment in their feathers than other hawks making them distinctive. It used to be thought these morphological distinctions were an isolated variant, but now scientists are noticing behavioral differences associated with the changes in feather color.

Melanistic hawks typically let me get much closer than other hawks and I wonder if this might be due to behavioral differences associated with their color variance. After all, it is often true, those who are different, are also braver!

Cheers to you from the brave and different hawks~

245 thoughts on “Enraptured~

  1. These are amazing photos of majestic birds. You are the animal whisperer after all. They all pose for you. They know you are trying to get us to see their value on the planet. Keep up the good work.

  2. Great close up photos Cindy. When we lived in Dallas there was a large hawk that used to perch itself on a pool near our back yard swimming pool. Everytime when I had my small dogs outside (Roxy the Rat Terrier-a runt from the litter) and (Max – a Chuwauwa), I was always worried that the large hawk would swoop down and take one of my dogs up and away. Luckily, it never happened, but I was always careful when the hawk was around.

  3. These are so beautiful it’s hard to choose a favorite, but I’ll go with the first and the last, the first because the hawk’s expression looks uncharacteristically pensive, the last for the power and freedom of that wingspan.

  4. I’m enraptored. Red tailed hawk, chicken hawk, buzzard. Ours are a little lighter, but not as light as google would lead you to think. They liked to dine on rabbit on the peak of my old house here in the ‘burbs. You see them circling, looking for dinner. We still have plenty of rabbits.

  5. Magnificent – reminds me of the quote by Leonardo da Vinci: “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”

  6. Magnificent creatures! Reminds of this quote: “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. Leonardo da Vinci

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