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Hawkeye | by Konabish ~ Greg Bishop
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Hawkeye

This Red-Tailed Hawk swooped into my yard hunting, grabbing a sparrow.

I was sitting 4 feet away from the glass patio door when this hawk hit the glass.

It then flew 2 dozen feet to my back wall (with prey) and sat there long enough for

a few photos --"Keep a camera close". It sounded as if it hit the glass very hard, leaving it a bit rattled. Wish I'd had the sliding glass open for a cleaner shot.... or I need to clean the glass more often!! This is a time I had to:

1. Leave nature to take its course (the talons cinched that), and

2. Decide whether I should display a photo that would disturb some.

It shows the bird (no blood) held by talons. As it did bother me, I decided against it.

At least for now. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts.

 

The Red-tailed Hawk also has significance in Native American culture. Its feathers are considered sacred by some tribes, and are used in religious ceremonies.

 

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Taken on November 18, 2009