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Dominance in the Air

“The Harris’s Hawk or Harris Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) formerly known as the Bay-winged Hawk or Dusky Hawk, is a medium-large bird of prey which breeds from the southwestern United States south to Chile and central Argentina. While most raptors are solitary, only coming together for breeding and migration, Harris Hawks will hunt in cooperative groups of two to six. This is believed to be an adaptation to the desert climate in which they live. In one hunting technique, a small group flies ahead and scouts, then another group member flies ahead and scouts, and this continues until prey is bagged and shared. In another, all the hawks spread around the prey and one bird flushes it out.

Since about 1980, Harris Hawks have been increasingly used in falconry and are now the most popular hawks in the West (outside of Asia) for that purpose, as they are one of the easiest to train and the most social.”~wikipedia.org

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There’s a strict dominance hierarchy within groups of Harris Hawks. These series of photos show an adult hawk asserting dominance over a younger hawk. I took these shots during a falconry show at the Sherwood Forest Faire. The trainer was directing the hawks to different perches but a hawk strayed from its designated area and went to a perch that was already occupied by another hawk. Hence, the fight ensued. It was definitely an amazing display!

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26 replies »

  1. Harris Hawks are awesome. I’ve seen their hunting techniques in videos and science television.

    I amazed that you actually caught pics of them fighting. A fascinating sequence! One of the better pictorials I’ve seen in a very long time!

  2. Ohh, Wow! These are fantastic pictures of this beautiful bird.

    I have never ever seen this bird before and I can’t take my eyes from this pictures!

    Breathtaking, wonderful and amazing shots!

Thanks for coming by today and for your kind words. I will visit you as soon as I can. Have a fantastic day and don't forget to smile. ~ Shey

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