Last month, I toured the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson. During the free-flight raptor show, I took these pictures of a beautiful hawk. Name this Arizona Hawk and the large cactus behind it.
Diagnosis: Gray Hawk
This is a female Gray Hawk, a tropical hawk that is between 14 and 18 inches in length with bright yellow cere and feet. They live along streams lines by cottonwood trees where they eat small lizards, rodents and birds. Gray Hawks are most often found along the coasts of Mexico but some migrate into southeastern Arizona to breed in the summer.
The giant cactus behind the hawk is a saguaro cactus. If your travel takes you to Tucson, I highly recommend a trip to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. The free-flight raptor show is one the best I have ever seen.