A Kettle of Swainson’s Hawks


There are several names for a group of hawks, but “Kettle” seems best for this hawk as they migrate in flocks that slowly spiral like water in a kettle…

This particular hawk is quite famous in Boise, Idaho as he is a wildlife ambassador at the Peregrine Fund. His name is Griffon and his falconer/mother Trish are quite attached to each other. You can visit the center in the fall and watch her fly him around the property. Or better yet, you can sign up for my workshop at the center and we’ll work to get you images like these for your portfolio. Details for the workshop will be…HERE

You can see more of my hawk photos (including Griffon) and order prints…HERE.

In case you were curious:

  • migrating flocks sometimes number into the thousands
  • the longest migrations of any American raptor – from Canada to Argentina – 10,000 miles!
  • monogamous species, with the males spending up to two weeks building the nest
  • Length: 18.9–22 in (48–56 cm) Weight: 24.4–48.2 oz  (693–1367 g)
Here is a map that shows you where I took the images… You can also visit the Peregrine Fund’s website and learn about their amazing avians….HERE.
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