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Hawk’s predictable habits lead to up-close, dramatic flight photo

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield, Massachusetts, December 26, 2014, 2:07 p.m., by Kim Caruso
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield, Massachusetts, December 26, 2014, 2:07 p.m., by Kim Caruso

Kim Caruso watched a Red-tailed Hawk for a whole month last winter, so she knew its tendencies. It hunted regularly in three large fields at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary north of Boston and used bluebird nest boxes as perches. On the day after Christmas, she watched it for four hours and made this photo, which she posted to our U.S. and Canada Gallery.

Kim Caruso
Kim Caruso

Caruso is a small-animal veterinarian from Ipswich, Massachusetts. She took her first photos of birds in January 2014, during the Snowy Owl invasion, and became hooked during last spring’s warbler migration. She subscribes to a digital edition of BirdWatching and shares photos in our galleries. In August 2014, we featured her head-on shot of a Least Tern as a Photo of the Week.

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