I’m running a little late this morning because I had to work on some server issues so I will keep my text content to a minimum.
I was fortunate to find a very cooperative juvenile Red-tailed Hawk yesterday morning in northern Utah, this young hawk is from a nest I have been following since March and it has been such a treat to watch the little wobbly-headed chicks mature to seeing them on the wing. I’m kind of on the fence whether to call the hawk a fledgling or a juvenile because it has only recently fledged but it is flying on its own even though it does seem rather clumsy at times.
The young Red-tailed Hawk seems to be the clumsiest while trying to walk, it is handling flying quite well. It had trouble keeping its balance on a metal pipe being used as fencing material.
And it slipped several times while I photographed it. I really couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the young raptor nearly falling off its perch.
It didn’t seem to have any problems when it landed on solid ground.
Or on the rocks of a nearby outcropping. In fact it seemed very confident when it was on the rocks.
It was hot yesterday and the young hawk seemed to pant at times to cool off. It also called out to the nearby adults a few times too.
It preened and I was able to capture a few images where it seemed that the juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was giving me funny looks.
It also went down to an area with water and I don’t know if it was just getting a drink or if it was attempting to bathe because tall grasses were obstructing my view but when it flew back up to the rusty metal pipe it had a wet chest and was struggling to stay on the perch. When it spread out its wings I couldn’t fit the whole hawk into my view finder. But I really liked this photo.
I needed time out with the birds yesterday and this young Red-tailed Hawk helped me to relax, breathe and remember that things have a way of working out.
Life is good.