TR Photoshoot: Harris’s Hawks (November 20, 2011)

Harris’s Hawks (HAHA) are the last thing you’d expect to see or hear on Long Island, especially not two of them, since their home range extends no further into the USA than the extreme southwest and Texas!

TRSAC plays host to two HAHAs, both older females, and they can often be seen during the popular raptor programs at the Sanctuary. These gals were once used as falconry birds, but one of the birds has a genetic condition that caused her to molt all of her flight feathers when she reached adulthood and they’ve never regrown correctly.

HAHAs are popular falconry birds because they are natural team-players. They are, in fact, the only raptors known to hunt in packs with their family units. Here, in this set of photos, I wanted to illustrate the team-spirit of these hunters in a not-very-Southwest setting.

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Alice and the HAHAs
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Alice and a HAHA

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