Red-tailed Hawk (female)

A Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) showing off with a little encouragement from Kent Knowles, president of The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. This beautiful “teaching bird” has several disabilities that make it unsuitable for release to the wild: the hawk was probably hit by a car, causing multiple wing injuries; the bird is almost non-flighted as a result.


The hawk was one of several birds featured in a raptor demonstration at the Belle Haven picnic area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. The event was hosted by Friends of Dyke Marsh, National Park Service, and The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia.


Ms. Gabby Hrycyshyn, assisting Mr. Knowles with the raptor demonstration, is shown holding an American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) in all of the photos in the preceding gallery. The kestrel is featured in a follow-up post: American Kestrel (male).

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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