Red Tailed Hawk in my Kitchen? Yes you are seeing right! Our friend who is a Licensed Raptor Trainer, brought the hawk so hubby could see him. Of course Hubby is taking the pictures as we did not want to take the chance of his being hurt in any way. When the immune system is compromised, you learn to be very cautious. But of course Grandma Kerrie was up for holding the hawk-ha! He was a juvenile and very well behaved which was a great surprise when we were told he had only been in captivity for a couple of weeks. (Trainers only capture injured birds or young juveniles that have lost their parents and after caring for them, they are released into the wild again. They take them out on hunting excursions so they learn to find their own food and they were returning from one of these trips when they stopped to see us.) Knowing how much we love birds and also my husband had a pet Great Horned Owl when we were dating that he hunted with back in the 1950's.
This young hawk in the picture weighed only 2 lbs. and was all feathers. Birds are very deceiving in stature as their feathers make them look large and ferocious but their bodies are really small, though muscular.
Here are some of Hubbies pictures of an Egret that was in our little lake at the edge of the yard last week.
He is so beautiful! I love his head feathers trailing back...
And this is a Mockingbird that I saw on my walk yesterday. He was most cooperative just sitting there while I snapped several pictures.
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