Red-tail Overhead

Red-tail Overhead
Red-tail Overhead

Wherever you go, don’t forget to look up. You never know what wonders you might see right above you, even if you’re just walking on Main Street.

It was pure luck in getting a photo I’ve wanted to get for years. As the clear and sunny spring morning reached toward noon a family of hawks gathered on unseen columns of warm air, circling overhead. I saw this hawk swinging wider as I tried to photograph the group above the buildings where I stood. As it swooped low over the street and I started snapping pictures, hoping my telephoto lens was refocusing as the hawk quickly moved. Really, I’m surprised I got this photo, all the others were interesting wing flaps, some a little blurry, then this.

Red-tail in the clouds
Red-tail in the clouds

The collective noun for a group of hawks circling around on that column of air is called a “kettle” as if they are moving around like boiling water. Read more about their movements and this terminology here.

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