Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
After a close-up experience with a young fawn over the weekend in my backyard, I had another run-in with a young animal today, this one a red-tailed hawk. As I was walking en route to an errand this afternoon, I hear the unmistakable, screechy call of a young red-tailed hawk. The call kept getting closer and closer, and finally I spotted a hawk on top of a nearby building (above). I knew that this wasn't the hawk that I was hearing - it was too far away - but I moved off the sidewalk to get a picture of it with my phone. In the meantime, someone had come up behind me, and when I turned around, she asked why I hadn't taken a photo of the other hawk. "What other hawk?" "The one directly above you." So, from the building, mom or dad was keeping an eye out for the kiddo, while I was recklessly standing right below it. I got a quick picture, then moved along, before I was dive-bombed.