This is a red-tailed hawk (Buteo Jamaicus) who just left a nice perch atop a telephone pole with his take-out lunch — a white-winged dove evidently. Rabbits and rodents represent about 80% of the diet of red-tailed hawks in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When they kill birds, which is not often, it’s because there must be a lot of them, and there were! Yet for the past two decades or so, my land has a well-documented history of red-tailed hawks getting along with birds - especially doves. I just made a video all about this which you can see on my waywardmuse YouTube channel - Sonoran Desert Wildlife & More, here:
I am not a professional photographer and never aim to be. I’m a visual media artist who’s specialty began in videography long before experimenting with digital photographs. Due to a major brain injury and disability which wreaked havoc on my short-term memory, I cannot use DSLRs for good action shots because of the complexity. What I can do, however, is pick out still frames from any good video footage I get. That’s what this is. It was during morning and I was facing east, so it was back-lit to some degree. Then even after a little clean-up, it looked like it still needed something, so I put a little black frame around it for accent. I picked this frame for the unusual spread of the wings. It’s not your typical profile of a flying raptor with prey. Originality out-weighs convention every time in my book. I hope you agree!
April 15th, 2020
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