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Kentucky Color: Red Tailed Hawks

Man changes their environment, but these birds are able to put the change to good use.
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By Billy Joe Fudge

Red Tailed Hawks are opportunistic raptors, taking advantage of situations created by humans in very interesting ways.

I saw two Red Tailed Hawks adapting their hunting technique to human activity recently in Taylor Co., KY. Each had its own perch atop two rolls of hay in a recently mown meadow.

It offered a great opportunity for a meal and the rolls of hay were a perfect perch from which to search.

A farmer in the Loretta Community of Marion County told me about a Red Tail that hitches a ride atop his combine during the soybean harvest each year. Apparently the hunter was in hoping to do a little harvesting of his own.

A photo of that would have been great, but life was a lot more difficult BD (Before Digital). These young folks don't know how good they have it compared to the olden days back 10 or 15 years ago. -Billy Joe Fudge



This story was posted on 2010-07-05 04:16:38
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Kentucky Color: Red-tailed hawks - opportunistic hunters



2010-07-05 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Campbellsville, KY
Billy Joe Fudge spotted these two red tailed hawks taking advantage of hunting opportunities afforded by hay roll perches and a newly mown meadow just of the North 3350 Bypass in Campbellsville, KY. Kentucky Color: Forested mud-slide island

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