Saturday, August 7, 2010

Camera Critters: Close Encounter With A Hawk

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
I did get a photo of him in flight, but unfortunately it was not sharp enough to use.  As best as I can tell this is a Red-tailed Hawk, but I am not an expert on these birds and welcome being corrected if I am wrong.

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Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill