Hawk Launch

Hawk diversity was a little thin on WC’s recent trip to southeast Arizona. But there were a lot of Red-tailed Hawks. Here’s a three second sequence of a Red-tailed launching after prey.

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The three photos represent 1.9 seconds of elapsed time. This hawk is a big bird, but he gets under way very quickly. It says a lot for digital camera technology that focus and exposure could keep up as well as they did.

WC has never had an inclination towards falconry, but when you see these beautiful birds in action you can understand the attraction.