February’s End Part 3 – The Hawk Chronicles

My last four posts have managed a total of 8 views, and some of those were spammers wanting to link to their wares.

But I do enjoy posting these things, so any eyes in addition to mine are always welcome.  To that end I present more hawks . . . you know, because there are not enough hawks in my posts.

First off is a gallery of photos from January 28th (although the gallery is called February 5, 2011).

Red Tailed Hawk taking flight - Powers Blvd.

In the last two months I saw a number of hawks, but they have been skittish.  By the time I slam on the brakes, grab my camera, jump out of the car, and look up, the hawk is usually gone.  This one did not get the memo because it posed for me a few minutes.  And yes, it then mooned me (see below), and took off (see above).

Red Tailed Hawk Mooning Me - Powers Blvd.

Actually, they do that when evacuating their bowels, usually in preparation for flight.  This particular hawk was not too bright, and I followed him as he went to three successive light posts.  I got some pretty good shots, including some silhouettes from the last stop,  when I got ahead of it so I could shoot it against the light.  The shot below is one I especially like as it resembles the eagle emblem from empires of yore.

Hawk Silhouette - Powers Blvd.

There are a few other B&W shots in this gallery, some halfway decent. Click Here or on the pictures to go to the respective gallery.

The next gallery combines shots from February 11th and 21st because there were not  many pictures in either set.  Just ten pictures, with the first five pictures a study of B&W.

Hawk in B&W

The second five pictures show a hawk on a wire; it looks like its holding a square metal contraption.

Hawk on a wire - County Line Rd.

Really, nothing spectacular other than I like the pictures, especially those in B&W.  Plus the guy on the wire makes an appearance in a later album.

Click on the pictures to go the gallery or click this link for the February 11th and 21st gallery.

Next up is the February 15th Hawk, and this includes videos.

Hawk on pole caught in full wink

Click on the picture to go to the gallery, and you will notice I caught him in full blink.  It gives him an alien look, as if he were a demonic visitor from another dimension. You can’t tell from the picture, but it was very windy, and I got quite cold waiting for him to take flight.  With no jacket, gloves, or hat, I stood there shivering so I could get the boring shots you can see in the gallery.

I did have one shot of him taking off, but as usual it was slightly blurry.  There are some nice in-flight pictures.

Coincidentally, he was there the next day, when it was even windier.  This time I grabbed my little Panasonic, and I took  a few videos.  I won’t bore you will all of them, but this 17 sec. clip of the hawk taking flight. (time: 17 seconds)

A mile down the road I saw a different hawk hovering (I think it’s a Northern Harrier), and I filmed it.  This is a little longer, and probably less interesting, but I’m going to add it here for the one person who might be looking for boredom.  (time: 2 minutes)

Again, very windy, but slightly warmer.

And finally, my February 26th Hawks.  Here we have a visitor from an earlier album, the guy on the wire holding the square contraption.  “Why click on the picture” you ask?  Because you can see him crap.  They shoot the stuff out an impressive distance.

Red Tailed Hawk - Crapping

The engineer in me can’t help but do some quick estimates . . . to duplicate the feat a human would have to expel about a quart of semi-solid waste as a stream, and launch it around 20 feet.  I bet people would pay to see that.  Just imagine the clench it would require.

But the joy of the day was to see a hawk land on a tree along Furrow  (a road that crosses County Line).  I drove to the location fully expecting the guy to fly off, but instead he posed a bit and gave me some great shots, including a good launch.

Hawk on a tree - Furrow Rd.

Northern Harrier Hawk (I think) taking flight from a tree

This particular gallery (February 26th Hawks) has a stream of pictures starting from the one above until he makes it behind some trees.  Nothing spectacular about them other than you could play the game of “spot the hawk”.  He’s clearly visible in some shots, and in others he blends in with the trees.  If you are interested in hawks, the pictures of him perched on the tree are not bad.

And here we are, at the end of the Hawk Chronicles.  For those who made it all the way here, thank you, and hope you enjoyed at least some of it.