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Old 01-16-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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Amazing Sight! *Possibly Graphic*
This afternoon I was talking on the phone with my mom...I have a habit of just pacing the house while I talk, and, while walking through our dining room, I looked out of the front windows and saw a huge hawk in the middle of the street! I just said to my mom, "Oh my God! Oh my God!" She was getting concerned, but, the sight was so amazing, I had no other words!

At first I thought the hawk might be hurt, but, upon closer inspection, I realized the hawk had just caught its dinner! I put my mom on hold and ran to grab my camera! The pics turned out ok, I switched the camera setting to "auto" since I knew my picture taking time was limited...Our street is fairly busy and I knew it wouldn't be long until a car drove up the street and scared the hawk away.

So, the pics could better, but I'd rather have this than nothing! And, of course, after a few pics, a car came up the street and scared the hawk away...Even the hawk just taking off, with its dinner was an awesome sight! I feel badly for the poor little animal the hawk caught, but, I know the hawk needs to eat and that's just part of nature.

I am, however, very puzzled as to what kind of animal exactly the hawk caught??? I can't tell what it is!
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:45 PM   #2
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Hmm, the picture didn't post...Re-try
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:00 PM   #3
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Cool. That's rare to see.
There was a hawk down at chain link fence height when squirrels were playing all over the yards here but it never went after anything.
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Upon further inspection, I'm thinking maybe what the hawk has isn't dinner...It looks like a bird, kind of like the hawk...Maybe a baby? It looks awfully big but possibly a baby hawk learning to fly or something that fell and mama is carrying it? When the car came and scared the hawk away, it took the animal in question with it...I don't know! Regardless, it was an awesome sight to see!
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It's food, different kind of feet.
Looks like a dove or a pigeon.
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That is a great shot....Hawks have such an impressive aura about them
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That's awesome! I love hawks. Red tails are common where I live, but they still cause me to yell "look , look" to whomever's around when I see one

Once, when I was walking to work I saw a dead bird on the lawn of an apartment building. I wasn't about to go close to the carcass, but as I got closer to where the bird was a hawk swooped down and grabbed his breakfast mere feet from me. It was scary and yet really exciting at the same time. Certainly wouldn't have wanted to be on the wrong end of those talons.
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I agree with Mike. Pigeon or dove.

Since red-tailed hawks (including the famous Pale Male and Lola and their offspring) have made a comeback in New York City, they are helping to control the pigeon population. I understand that the city has also stopped using rat poison so the hawks can safely eat their fill.

We also have smaller hawks. Two merlins (sparrow hawks) hunt from the railing on my terrace. They wait for an unsuspecting finch or sparrow to fly by, then gang up on it, catching it in midair and shaking it to break its neck -- all very fast and clean. Sometimes they dump the body in one of my planters and come back for it later. It's always gone in a few hours; maybe they take it back to their nest to feed the youngsters.

I've stopped putting bird feeders on the terrace; they're like a free buffet for the hawks. Here are a few of our NYC "locals," photographed by Lincoln Karim, who maintains the web site.
http://www.palemale.com/2009.html
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wow- that is a great pic- amazing you could snap it in time and have it come out so well. Definitely was prey the way it is holding it, I don't think a hawk would carry around its young.
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Great pic.

You'd love it where I live, we have a very large bald eagle population and see them daily there.
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