Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photo - Fuertes' Red Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis fuertesi)

This giant bird was chasing some of the doves that like to
hang out in my backyard when he landed on my fence.
When he took off I was amazed at his 3 foot wingspan. 
These type of hawks are very common in San Diego and
love to hunt rats, rabbits and other small prey.
A great resource for identifying birds and insects is
the San Diego Natural History Museum's webpage,
Photo by Doug Kalal

1 comment:

  1. That is no RTHA all do respect it is an Accipiter fence line hunting it does appear Rusty barring throughout the breast and belly white undertail coverts and bright yellow legs thin looking makes me wanna say Sharp-shinned Hawk however overall size larger and with a larger flat top of the head and grey I would go with A Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) Nice shot!