The Red-tailed Hawk and the Funnel-web (not Wolf) Spiders

Perched Red-tailed Hawk Preening

Yep, another hawk.  I photographed this guy for two reasons.  One, he was preening, and I’ve never seen a hawk do that (not saying it’s rare or anything; I’ve just never seen one preening).

Plus the wind was doing a number on its feathers.

Looks like he is wearing a raggedy feather mantle

At times he looked positively like a stuffed bird that had seen better days.

Then he launched

I thought for sure he had seen something, and I was giddy with anticipation because it looked like he was going to drop right in front of me.  But no . . . he swooped, and went back to the same pole, but a different perch.

Landing near his new perch

Yes, that’s a little blurry.  Yeah, I’m none too pleased myself.

Ruffled feathers, but not from the wind

The Isolators . . . they'll be bach! Sorry, very bad Arnold impression

It did look as if the new perch had less wind-related issues, but he managed one last ruffle before settling in.

Just this year I have noticed many hawk pull one leg up under their feathers.  Then again, it could be the same hawk at different locations and time.  Then, rather than a new hawk trend, it’s just the peculiarity of one hawk.

This could be the same hawk that gave me all that trouble (and a number of nice photos) earlier this year.  It certainly does look like him, but I am not an expert in identifying specific hawks . . . they all look alike to me.

By the way, I do like those isolators.  I suppose I have the hawk to thank for at least this interesting picture.  I mean, I see these things every day, but looking at them through the lens gives them a different perspective.

Anyway, that was my late September hawk.  There are a few more picture in the gallery, and you can get to them by clicking on any of the pictures in this post.  Well, any except the ones that follow . . . those go to a different gallery.

Edited to Add: I originally identified this as a Wolf Spider, but it lacks the Union Jack-like pattern on the back.  It is likely a Funnel-web Spider.

A gallery about spider.  This was another Funnel-web (not wolf) spider I caught and carried outside, this time in my office at work.  Rather, the hallways of my office at work.

Wolf Spider in the official Bug Rescue and Transport Vessel

This gallery has a few pictures or a prior wolf spider I had rescued.  Pictures of this one happen to show a fair amount of detail, so I figure I would share them.  These don’t merit an individual gallery, so I am adding them to the prior existing gallery.

You can practically count the hairs on its legs.

Here is another view of the fellow.

A close-up of a formidable hunter

Of course I don’t only see these guys inside the home or office.  Occasionally I see them outside . . . the office window.  This one was just outside the front door of the office.  I watched for nearly three weeks hoping to see babies.  Alas, they never came . . . the spider eventually was gone, and the web/nest remained intact.

I presume this is a female guarding her future brood

Alas, they never came . . .

Coincidentally this little fellow was just a couple of window sills over.  This looks to be a baby Funnel-web (not Wolf) Spider.  

A baby Wolf Spider . . .

This little guy could not have been much more than 3 or four millimeters long.  A very tiny spec, only visible because of the black background.  Hope he made it.

Again, to see more detailed pictures, click on any of the photos.