Natural Sightings: A fierce cry of defiance from above | Way of life


Patrick Nance took this photo from his home in Stallion Springs of a red-tailed hawk making his iconic hoarse cry as it hovered overhead.

Patrick took this photo with his Nikon D7500 with a 190mm lens, and he said this about the Red-tailed Hawks that appear around his house: As the Red-tailed Hawks fly over the currents of the wind. “

The shrill call of a red-tailed hawk on the wing is one of the classic sounds of nature in the American West, instantly recognizable to anyone who spends time outdoors.

This hoarse cry, lasting two or three seconds and usually emitted while hawks are soaring, is the unmistakable raptor sound of filmmakers around the world. Whenever a bird of prey appears on screen, it is usually accompanied by the cry of a red-tailed hawk, regardless of the type of raptor. Bald eagles, ospreys, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, whatever – almost all of them are represented by the doubled call of a red-tailed hawk.

The typical call of the Red-tailed Hawk has been described as a kee-eeeee-ar sound, and is usually given by adult birds in flight. Another common Redtail sound is made by juvenile birds, either still on the nest tree or in flight, when they want the attention (and food) of adults, and it is a ki-ki-ki- sound. repeated ki, almost like the call of a seagull.

The word Nuwä (Kawaiisu or Southern Paiute) for the red-tailed hawk is kwanazi, pronounced kwa-NAH-zee.

NATURAL SIGHTINGS is a regular column in the Tehachapi News edited by Jon Hammond that features photos of the natural beauty that improves the quality of life in Tehachapi. If you have a good quality image of plants, animals, insects, trees, birds, weather phenomena, etc. taken in the Tehachapi area, you can submit it to Tehachapi News for review. possible publication. Submissions can be filed by the News Bureau as a copy or CD, or emailed to: é[email protected]


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