Red Tailed Hawks Are Thriving in Austin

By: ralphbarrera

Feb 12 2009


Category: Photojournalism


Focal Length:560mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

 This Red-tailed hawk prepares to perch atop a light standard on Mueller Blvd. as it hunts open, yet to be built upon, fields in the Mueller development one evening. The most common and widespread hawk in North America, the Red-tailed Hawk is a bird of open country. It is frequently seen sitting on utility poles where it watches for rodents in the grass along the roadside. 


 This pair of red-tailed hawks find the bonnet tower of the Dell’s Children’s Hospital of Central Texas at the Mueller site to their liking as they get a high-angle view of open fields for hunting in the late evening light. 


3 comments on “Red Tailed Hawks Are Thriving in Austin”

  1. Cool! I always see these guys hanging out when I’m driving, but I didn’t know anything about them. Have you been out to Llano to shoo the eagles that are nesting there? Pretty cool sight….

    • Never had the opportunity to do the Llano Bald Eagles, but maybe someday. I hear you need a good long lens.

  2. I shot them for a newspaper I use to work for with a 300mm and a 1.5x crop body. I had to crop pretty heavy, but the photos were OK. Of course I couldn’t fill the frame like your first shot, but it is still pretty cool!

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