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Hawk, Who Goes There

Every morning I have a visitor. A breakfast guest. He's been coming for the past two weeks, but only this morning did he allow me to step outside and take photographs. In fact, I swear he posed for his portraits.

As I prepared my second cup of coffee, I noticed him standing proudly under a tree in my side yard, and took this photo from the kitchen window.

Juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk

Then, he flew to the back yard, and stood on one of the large rocks that surround the magnolia tree, to consume whatever it was he had captured. I was able to take this photo from the back door.

Once he finished his breakfast, he flew up to perch on another low hanging branch, just above my laundry line. He didn't even mind that I had stepped out into the yard to get a series of photos.

When he ruffled his feathers I thought for sure he was going to take off and leave me, but all he did was hop up onto the next highest branch. I had to move to another part of the yard, a little closer to him, to get another series of shots. Amazingly, he didn't mind! He just looked right at me. At this point, I thanked him, complimented him, and assured him that he was welcomed to stop by any time, and I left him in peace.

I sat on the back porch for another ten minutes, finishing my coffee and taking pictures of my dog (whom I had let out after the photo shoot). I could still hear the hawk calling out from the other side of my neighbors house. 


  1. Wow a whole portfolio of photos of the hawk. Thanks for sharing.

    1. There are even more! I placed the four best photos(what I thought were the best), on the blog, but I actually snapped 19!...some of which I'll soon be sharing on the FascinationEarth Facebook page. If you're interested, be sure to "like" and "follow". There's a link on the right sidebar.

  2. Isn't it cool when you're able to get up close and personal with birds like these!!! We were in the Galapagos Islands about 6 years ago and on one of the islands there were quite a few hawks like these and I was amazed at how close they let us get to them...the guides told us they're very used to people's an Ecuadorian national park and therefore they are quite safe...and they know it!!! This one is in your back yard though!!! He has figured out that you're a friendly!!!

    1. I've been trying to get his photo for a couple of weeks, but he would fly off as soon as I stepped onto my porch. But I guess he decided to give me a chance. He let me get as close as ten to fifteen feet away.


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