While hawks are a protected species, they are nonetheless quite shy in our area and it is extremely difficult to get close enough to one for a decent still photograph. One may sometimes see them quite close when they are driving backcountry roads, but they usually fly when the vehicle stops.
One gave me a brief photographic opportunity this week, when I came upon him as he was eating what appeared to be a small rodent. As my vehicle approached, he flew from the ground to a nearby hay bale with his prey, finished eating it.and then flew away.
|Red-tailed Hawk-? Probably some other species, but it is a large bird!|
|Hawk Consumes Remnants Of Prey|
|Hawk Prepares To Fly Away|
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Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill