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Gray hawk        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The gray hawk is a small, active buteo from Latin America.   It barely gets into the US in southern Texas and Arizona; riparian areas with cottonwood trees are favorite nesting habitats. One was photographed at the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge on the Rio Grande in south Texas.   The 'portrait' close-up is of a captive bird.   Most of the other shots were made in southeastern Arizona (Patagonia and south of Tucson), but the backlit bird on the power pole was in Carpenteria, near Santa Barbara, California.   This was California's first gray hawk (it showed up in 2012-2013 as a juvenile and presumably the same individual returned in 2013-2014 as an adult).

  • Canon 1D3, 1D4 or R5; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X extender or 800 mm IS lens, some with 2X converter (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2022)