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Postby Marinepits » February 8th, 2008, 6:50 pm

And it was looking for LUNCH! :shock:

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This hawk has been hanging around our yard for most of the winter. It has a tendency to swoop really low through the trails in the woods and I've been "buzzed" a few times while hiking. Scares the bejeebers out of me every time!

We have several piles of fallen trees that we've stacked up from all the storms this past year and they're full of mice and chipmunks. The hawk tends to hang about the piles and will wait a LOOOOOONG time for food. The dogs don't bother it and either do I -- I managed to get within 20 feet before it got ticked and flew to another tree on the other side of the yard.

I don't know a whole lot about raptors, but I think it's an immature red tail or red shouldered. I sent the pics to a neighbor who does raptor rehab so I should know shortly.

Sorry about the purple lens flare -- it was overcast and drizzling all day and the lens was at its limit.
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Postby Magnolia618 » February 8th, 2008, 6:54 pm

WOW! That is beautiful!!
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Postby madremissy » February 8th, 2008, 7:03 pm

What beautiful shots.
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Postby Jenn » February 8th, 2008, 7:09 pm

Wow, very pretty, and serious too.
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Postby iluvk9 » February 8th, 2008, 9:07 pm

:shock: Want me to send you my cat, Bo?
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Postby Wyldmoonwoman » February 8th, 2008, 9:17 pm

Absolutely Beautiful!
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Postby jmashaney » February 8th, 2008, 9:31 pm

Great shots!
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Postby DemoDick » February 8th, 2008, 9:44 pm

Looks alot like a Red Tail, except for the spotting on the chest. Maybe you're right and it's a juvenile.

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Postby DemoDick » February 8th, 2008, 9:46 pm

Yup, gotta be a Red Tailed.

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Postby Marinepits » February 8th, 2008, 9:53 pm

On Fri, Feb 08 2008, 8:44 PM, DemoDick wrote: Maybe you're right and it's a juvenile.


Yeah, that's been known to happen once or twice. :wink:

S/he is a smaller hawk, definitely not as large as some of the ones we've had around here. And the strangest thing is that s/he shows NO fear of me whatsoever.

As close as I was to him/her today, I saw no red or rust color on the tail or shoulder area at all.
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Postby DemoDick » February 8th, 2008, 10:07 pm

Sometimes they aren't colored brightly.

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Postby Marinepits » February 8th, 2008, 10:07 pm

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This photo is from a wildlife rescue and ID'd as a juvenile red tail.

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Postby SisMorphine » February 8th, 2008, 10:09 pm

I had a red tail fly even with my car while I drove up my street the other day. They are so cool up close!!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 8th, 2008, 10:18 pm

How gorgeous! I love raptors! :heartbeat:
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Postby Marinepits » February 8th, 2008, 10:23 pm

Steve and I are trying to think of ways to keep this one around the yard without messing too much with it's natural ability to hunt. We just love watching it.
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Postby DemoDick » February 8th, 2008, 10:25 pm

On February 08 2008, 22:18, pitbullmamaliz wrote:How gorgeous! I love raptors! :heartbeat:


Kinda greasy, and not much meat.

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 8th, 2008, 10:25 pm

:neener:
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Postby DemoDick » February 8th, 2008, 10:25 pm

On February 08 2008, 22:23, Marinepits wrote:Steve and I are trying to think of ways to keep this one around the yard without messing too much with it's natural ability to hunt. We just love watching it.


Stake some hamsters and gerbils out in the yard on little tie-outs!

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Postby Marinepits » February 8th, 2008, 10:25 pm

LMAO

Steve said throw a pork chop in the tree!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 8th, 2008, 10:26 pm

:hysterical:
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