Hawk sighting!

Photo taken from the Internet Bird Collection

Photo taken from the Internet Bird Collection

I was out for a jog about a week ago on a path around a golf course, when suddenly I saw up ahead on my left a large bird in the grass.  It was a red-tailed hawk, fifty feet in front of me!  I've never seen a hawk on the ground or been that close to one.  As I got closer it took flight, revealing the reason for sitting in the grass: it was clutching an object in its claws that, unfortunately for me, was not a robot, but rather a large rodent-like animal, which does make a bit more sense.  I had just witnessed a successful hunt.  The hawk was hurried due to the presence of a human running past, but the caught animal appeared to be heavy.  The hawk flew a short distance away from me, landed to adjust its grasp, and took off again for home, wherever that may be.

That was really cool.

Posted on July 18, 2014 .