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Mates, Phoenix, Arizona, March, 2012
09-MAR-2012

Mates, Phoenix, Arizona, March, 2012

Red Tailed Hawks are monogamous, mating for life. This pair has already built a nest on the side of an apartment building at Sagewood, a Phoenix retirement community. It holds three eggs. I made this image with a 400mm telephoto lens, standing directly under the nest, which was four stories over my head. The pair takes turns as egg-sitters.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
1/1000s f/6.3 at 200.0mm iso160 full exif

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Phil Douglis25-Oct-2012 19:26
Thanks Anita. I am glad this image has stretched your imagination to the point where raptors become lovebirds. As for the brown tonality here, the brown feathers of nature mesh nicely with the brown paint of man.
Anitta Vuorisola25-Oct-2012 19:10
True lovebirds! Love the brown tone. Such a great image, Phil! V
Phil Douglis06-Oct-2012 17:52
They are indeed, Stephanie. However, when a mate dies or disappears, the survivor usually finds another. The amazing story of Pale Male, the famous Red Tailed Hawk who has nested on a Condo high above Manhattan's Fifth Avenue over the last 20 years, is a good example of such a story. See:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Male
Stephanie06-Oct-2012 09:52
Wonderful capture of this beautiful pair! I didn't realize that red tail hawks are monogamous. V
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