Photographer: Kate Kotecki
Title: Red-Tailed Hawk Family in Oak Nest
Location: Brookfield, WI (Waukesha County)
I appreciated being able to watch two Red-tailed Hawks raise their two chicks this spring (2020) in our back woods. In the photo, that chick already has giant yellow talons. The hawks reminded me how hard some of nature's more formidable residents work to survive day after day, whether building their huge nest or hunting prey. I stayed "socially distant," taking occasional photos from a tripod (no nest cams or drones, of course). Just one of so many species that depend on our mature oak trees.