Zenfolio | Photography by Dan Quinn | 5/18/2018 Kiting and other Bird Behavior
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Here are several sequences of bird behavior. We start with a red-tailed hawk, sitting in a tree, relaxing. Feel free to skip this sequence. After a kite and a kestrel, a sequence shows a scrub jay sitting in poison oak, then flying away. Worth a visit. And be sure to check out the kiting kite! What a magnificent bird, and what wonderful behavior, as it plants itself in the sky, hovering motionlessly while beating its powerful wings. I saw several instances of this behavior -- it was a good day to hunt voles.

The sequence of the kestrel, hassling a much larger red-tailed hawk, is interesting. Notice that the hawk did stay around...

Finally, I came upon a quail, sitting on a high branch, calling softly to the browsing covey below, watching out for danger. After I crept closer for a better photo, I was surprised to see a different guard-quail, sitting on the same branch. I had missed the changing of the guard.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) (Closer)Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) CallsRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Leans ForwardRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) (4)Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Calls (2)Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Looks BackRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Calls (3)Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Leans Forward AgainRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Lifts its TailRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Focuses InwardEverybody Does ItRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Folds WingsRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) (13)One Final CallRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) (15)Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in FlightRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and FogRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in Flight (3)Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Spreads Wings for Landing