Red Tailed Hawks

A red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) family has made its nest on the side of the bluffs just below the Pt. Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes. Last weekend we had the privilege of watching the mom, dad, and juvenile hawk flying around the area, stopping for breaks in the nest or at the base of the bluffs. The red-tailed hawk is one of the my favorite Los Angeles area birds.

It was difficult to capture a clear photo of them flying overheard – these are my two favorite shots:




Here’s a shot of the Pt. Vicente lighthouse:

Pt. Vicente Lighthouse

Pt. Vicente Lighthouse


About halfway down the side of the cliff from the lighthouse is the nest:



While speaking to some of the naturalists and bird watchers who have been photographing the hawks for months, we learned that there were originally two babies hatched in early March but, despite the hawks best efforts to protect their young, a raven managed to get one of the babies. The other baby is quite large now and is able to fly so he is no longer at risk. There is an ongoing dispute over territory between the hawks and the ravens in this area. We witnessed one of the hawks and a raven having a minor disagreement first hand when the hawk flew too far north up the beach into the raven’s zone.

Here is an album of the five best photos I took of the hawks:


And here is a very clear video of the mother hawk feeding her two babies back in March. Aren’t they adorable?

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