Photo: Fuzzy hatchling red-tail hawks

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young hawks

credit: Donald Quintana

Photographer Don Quintana writes that these hatchlings seem to be having a sibling squabble, something along the lines of “MOM! He's touching me!” This photo was taken in Morro Bay, California. “It is always a good time watching Red-tailed Hawk nestlings as they try to express themselves, jockey for position in the nest and just their awkward movements in general,” writes Quintana. “I took my wife and daughter out so we could watch these little birds as they went about their business waiting for the parent to bring them dinner.”

Red-tail hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) will lay between one and five eggs at a time, usually in the beginning of April. After hatching, the chicks spend 42 to 46 days in the nest.

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