Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Full Stomach: Red-tailed Hawk


When this Red-tailed Hawk flew up from along the creek my first impression was that there was something wrong with its profile. As it wheeled through the air it appeared healthy and strong and I thought no more about it until later when examining the images I had captured.

If you look closely you will find the birds crop distended greatly. I believe my intrusion caused the hawk to leave its kill but at least I didn’t spook it until it had filled its stomach.

11 comments:

Bird Girl said...

He's probably on his way to his 'loafing' tree where he'll digest everything in that fat crop! Cool shot!

Montanagirl said...

Great shot of the Red-tail. His crop looks pretty stuffed!

Abe Lincoln said...

It looks like you described. And it is a nice shot too.

Bradley Myers said...

He does appear to be full, and you did a great job of capturing him.

Happy Days said...

Pretty shot, it's fun to watch them soar. We have had one living in a tree behind our house in the Mountains for 5 years. I love to watch her and listen to her calls...debbie

Kahshe Cottager said...

Wonderful photo! They are so lovely soaring in the sky. It does look as though it has enjoyed a recent meal!

photowannabe said...

I love how we can see the detail of his wings and that full crop. Terrific as usual, Salty.

Louise said...

Maybe it went back for more.

I've been seeing one a lot around our development when I'm driving to school in the afternoon. I need to go early one day and try to get some photos. Probably won't ever be there when I have time and a camera!

imac said...

Great shot Salty, just had dinner, so me the same.lol.

bettyl said...

I love to see photos of birds in flight. That is an awesome shot!

fishing guy said...

Salty: Wonderful capture in the blue sky.