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Harris Hawk On The Hunt: The View from Tucson's Reddington Pass

Harris Hawk looking for dinner: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Harris Hawk on Saguaro ~

"Looking for dinner"

The view from Reddington Pass: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

I hiked this afternoon in Reddington Pass, high in the Rincon Mountains that border the city of Tucson on the east side.  This Harris Hawk and two of her friends were looking for something to eat.  They weren't very interested in me, so long as I stayed in my Explorer, and I had the opportunity to capture this photo.

Harris Hawks hunt like wolves ~ in packs, dominated by an Alpha Female.  When they kill prey, they share the spoils. 

Reddington Road leads up and over the Rincon Mountains, and into the watershed for the San Pedro river.  It's paved until you get to the boundary of the Coronado National Forest, and then it's a dirt road up and over the top.  If you come to visit Tucson, you won't want to miss this!

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Comment balloon 13 commentsMike Jones • January 17 2011 12:11AM

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Terrific photos -- love the hawk--  hope all is well with you guys.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Amazing Photos.

Posted by Maureen Fukumoto, Maureen (Help-U-Sell Realty Pro) over 8 years ago

Mike, Very good! I like both photos...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Mike, I love the way you share information about your local area through a combination of words and photos.  Until I started following you on Activerain, I never had any desire to see this part of the country... but you've changed that.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Margaret,

Thanks for saying so; that's so encouraging.  This is a beautiful part of the country.

Michael,

Glad to oblige!  :)

Maureen,

Come visit Tucson; you won't be disappointed!

Carolin & Bob,

We're doing well; thanks for asking!  ...and thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

I love the hawk!  He is way cooler than the owl I saw the other day when I was driving......and I thought he would have made a great picture except traffic made me give up that idea.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 8 years ago

Not sure that perching on a cactus would be comfortable. That's a different turn on the phrase 'stick the landing.'

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 8 years ago

Mike, great photos! 

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 8 years ago

Tony & Darcy,

Thanks for saying so!

John,

Birds of prey do that all the time.  Tough feet, I guess.

Ann,

I'm glad you stuck to driving.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

I have never heard of a Harris Hawk.  Beautiful bird.  They sound scary though.

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) over 8 years ago

Harris Hawks on the hunt: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderKate,

The female is in charge.  (Knew you would like that.) They hunt in "packs" of three, and they cooperate in the hunt, in the kill, and share the food just like wolves.  They're pretty interesting birds.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

Wow, I did not this.  They sound facinating. Thanks for sharing this additional pic. 

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) over 8 years ago

The second photo is a beautiful shot.  I have not seen a hawk before that looks like the one in the first photo.  Both great pics!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

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