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

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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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Comments (13)

Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

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

Jan 16, 2011 04:16 PM
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

Amazing Photos.

Jan 16, 2011 08:04 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

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

Jan 16, 2011 08:15 PM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

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.

Jan 16, 2011 09:22 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


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


Glad to oblige!  :)


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

Jan 16, 2011 09:43 PM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

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.

Jan 17, 2011 03:26 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

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

Jan 17, 2011 05:53 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Mike, great photos! 

Jan 17, 2011 06:33 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Tony & Darcy,

Thanks for saying so!


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


I'm glad you stuck to driving.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Jan 17, 2011 06:54 AM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

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

Jan 18, 2011 05:05 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

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

Jan 18, 2011 08:15 PM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

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

Jan 19, 2011 06:40 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

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!

Jan 20, 2011 10:41 AM