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Aug 10, 2013 17:29 |  #1

Once again the cooperative Red-tailed Hawk didn't disappoint us when we found it as soon as the botanical garden opened to the public. I knew it had caught something before they opened because of all the ruckus the Crows were making in an area the hawk likes to hunt in.

After eating it's Squirrel breakfast the hawk hung around and just rested and preened and flew to the ground a few times but it was a half-hearted effort because it had eaten the entire Squirrel earlier and it's crop was full.

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The funniest part of the encounter today was watching the hawk chase a Lizard across the ground and it couldn't figure out how to get it when it hid in the crack of this wall so it just sat there and stared at the wall waiting for it to come out...it never did.

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Aug 10, 2013 17:46 |  #2

Excellent stuff, Duane. He is a very friendly looking hawk, but i'm not a squirrel.


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Aug 10, 2013 17:50 |  #3

Great shots. I'd love to find a redtail as cooperative as "yours". Guess I'll have to settle for my eagles. Nesting season's over but two pairs that I watch are still very tolerant of quiet visitors when I can find them.




  
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Aug 10, 2013 19:56 as a reply to  @ Shackleton's post |  #4

Gorgeous images Duane!


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Aug 10, 2013 20:00 |  #5

You never disappoint! Beautiful images once again.


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Aug 10, 2013 20:52 |  #6

That third shot is gorgeous. I'd print it big and hang it on my wall :)


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Aug 11, 2013 00:36 |  #7

Excellent shots Duane. Super.


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Aug 11, 2013 04:28 as a reply to  @ Peter2516's post |  #8

Thank you everyone for the replies. It's incredible how tolerant this hawk is towards people and the other things going on at the botanical garden. Another photographer and I introduced this hawk to many visitors yesterday and told the story about it. Everyone was respectful towards it and us as we photographed it. Our cameras stick out like sore thumbs so we attract curious people and it was funny watching them sneak up to see what we were photographing. Once they saw the hawk most pulled out their camera phones and took pictures of it themselves. We encouraged them to get closer and the hawk could care less by not even looking at them as it sat on a branch.


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Aug 11, 2013 08:01 |  #9

Super shots again, Duane.
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Aug 11, 2013 12:58 |  #10

Wonderful shots Duane, well done. He does look rather distracted in a couple of shots, I guess that is the mobbing actions you mention.


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Aug 12, 2013 00:45 |  #11

another great series - well done Duane.
Here in South Africa (specifically Cape Town), in order to increase your chance of spotting a raptor it requires a person driving along a highway whilst searching the various posts (from fences).
They are so "nervous" that most times they fly off just by you slowing down - and these are raptures that are +- 50cm in size!
You have something really special in that Red-Tail!


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Aug 12, 2013 04:11 |  #12

Lester Wareham wrote in post #16198786 (external link)
Wonderful shots Duane, well done. He does look rather distracted in a couple of shots, I guess that is the mobbing actions you mention.

Actually, the hawk never even looked at the people getting closer taking it's picture. One person made a clicking sound and another whistled softly and I explained to them that making sounds won't get this hawk to look at them. There was a Squirrel running up a branch in another tree and that got the hawks attention. :D

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another great series - well done Duane.
Here in South Africa (specifically Cape Town), in order to increase your chance of spotting a raptor it requires a person driving along a highway whilst searching the various posts (from fences).
They are so "nervous" that most times they fly off just by you slowing down - and these are raptures that are +- 50cm in size!
You have something really special in that Red-Tail!

That is usually the "norm" around here also. You can drive by at 55mph and they don't flinch but as soon as you start slowing down they're off. I don't bother trying to take pictures of those hawks because I know eventually I will run into a cooperative one like this one I've been photographing since early March.


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