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Redtailed Daredevil

Posted on the 30 November 2011 by Laolga @olgabluebabe
My new redtailed hawk experience happened last evening after a trip to the bank. I was at a stop light in the lower graden district when all of a sudden swooping by and turning the corner to the street I was on, was a redtailed hawk which had a large bird in it’s grip. I believe it was a pigeon! They landed in the street and this hawk looked like he was about to kill it when a truck turned the corner and they both flew off. The hawk however stayed behind and landed on a telephone wire.
I anxiously waited for the light to turn green so that I could pull up and get out of the car to see this daring hawk up close. The light changed and I pulled up and got out of the car. I approacehed the hawk and he seemed to wait for me. He looked me over and I spoke to him. I praised him for his beauty and guts to take on a large bird like that, one that was almost his size! Then I said, “you are a young one aren’t you?” He was not as large as other full grown hawks I have seen and at that he fluffed his chest and showed me his baby feathers underneath. It was at this time that I had the feeling the hawk was a “he”.
We looked at each other a while longer and then I thanked him. I turned to walk back to the car and at this he decided to lift off and swoop down in front of me, flying right past then up into an oak tree, presumably to wait for another pigeon!

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