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Fleeting Moments #5

Althea’s photo below taken at the same time.

late afternoon below



12 responses

  1. J Moser

    Is that one of the Ospreys from the pipeline area?

    August 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  2. The neighbor had her bird identification book out and it is a young Red tail Hawk. I heard what sounded like a Hawk while at the river close to Dusk yesterday. I’m learning as I go.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  3. J Moser

    News flash: KB and G will be in the audience tonight for the David Letterman show.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  4. I’ve got more pictures of this Hawk today but when I realized it was having some issues I quit photographing. It was acting strange in the tree and seem to be having some balance problems. When it flew down beside me I was very concerned, got a few pictures then went home and got Althea and Tupperware full of water. Maybe a concussion or a host of other things. It did fly back into the tree above and I really hope our friend survives even though its chief way of surviving is butchering other birds and animals.

    Will try to stay up for BigK on tube.

    more pending……………

    August 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    • J Moser

      It could be as serious as west nile virus or as simple as a concussion. Best to steer clear and just observe. If it’s a concussion or something similar, he/she might appear “dormant” and then suddenly snap out of it. I will always remember the night I saw a baby owl get run over by a car. It was only slightly injured, and was just standing in the middle of the road. I picked it up and put it in my car, then took it home to the place I shared with Arthur on 42nd street…I put it in the kitchen temporarily, but while it was in there, it “came to” and went crazy trying to get away. I was lucky to be able to get it outside before it injured itself or me!

      August 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

  5. Found this not so cheerful info on web, this is not the way I want to be photographing these grand birds. I usually catch them low when they are feeding on squirrels.

    Carrion and road kills may be scavenged and it is believed that some cases of West Nile virus reported in Red-tails were the result of hawks taking dead or dying crows afflicted with the disease.

    exhibit symptoms including head tremors, balance problems, leg paralysis, seizures, vision difficulties and unexplained molting are suspect, and are being tested.

    Birds of prey, along with crows and blue jays, are particularly susceptible to West Nile virus. They get the disease after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

    August 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

  6. Saw our friend with the mother today. Seems to be Ok, just needs to learn to hunt better maybe???

    August 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  7. J Moser

    All this brought to mind our friend, Bon (played guitar with Gongzilla, etc), who now lives in eastern North Carolina, where he is a falconer when he’s not playing guitar. I swiped this photo off his Facebook so you could see it (warning: gory bird action): http://boatdog.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=1480

    August 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    • My goal was getting decent crow portraits but this is pretty interesting. Hopefully more will be pending. I do have quite a lot of feeding photographs but is not the shots I’m interested in posting. I’d love to visit a falconer one day.

      We did watch “the Birds” recently………

      The Birds (1963) is a modern Hitchcock thriller/masterpiece, his first film with Universal Studios. It is the apocalyptic story of a northern California coastal town filled with an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of ordinary birds – not birds of prey.

      Mrs. Bundy, elderly ornithologist : I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn’t stand a chance! How could we possibly hope to fight them?

      August 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

  8. Great hawk photos, Ot and Al! thanks.
    Did anyone see KB on Letterman?

    August 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    • He’s back and haven’t heard details yet. I was half awake during broadcast and didn’t notice if they made it on air?

      August 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

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