Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Red Tailed Hawk

My standing desk looks out a window into the backyard and conservation land beyond. 
Something big and brown struggling in the underbrush interrupted my keyboard pounding.

Another wild turkey. How the hell would I rescue it? 

Just about to speed dial the local wildlife guru and the turkey struggled no more. 

It flew up to a nearby branch. 

And gracefully so, for a turkey.

Criminy! Not a turkey! It was a hawk!

A huge hawk. 

The "struggle" in the underbrush was the hawk's lunch being devoured in this pic.

I took pictures from inside the house behind a closed glass door.

Every time I pressed the shutter down the hawk turned his/her head.

Lunch was a short affair. 
And then he or she flew off.

Serious talons.

I'm sure it is a good omen. Maybe it means we should go see Star Wars.

At least, I'm glad the camera was within arm's reach.

Hawk experts, do you think this is a Red Tailed Hawk? A he or a she? I'd love to know.

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan


  1. I share your excitement having captured a Sparrow Hawk in our garden during October. They are a real treat to spy on through the window, and even though we have double glazing I also felt that the bird was aware of me as I took photographs.
    It is very difficult to tell male from female amongst the birds of prey as their colouring is the same, however, the female is larger. I am pretty sure that you are correct in your identification of a Red Tailed Hawk.

    1. We have double glazing as well. I was surprised the photos came out as well as they did.

      Thanks for the ID!

      Have a wonderful Holiday!

  2. How very cool Linda, beautifully captured, I love it!!
    Have a great day!

    The Arts by Karena
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  3. Beautiful bird and great pictures! Red-tailed hawk for certain.

  4. Beautiful photos. Such graceful creatures, hawks.

  5. Many thanks to all! Hope these last few days before Christmas are joyous and stress free!

  6. Wow - good timing! What a majestic bird. Merry Christmas, Linda! Warmly, L


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