A Surprise While Out For A Walk
Walk out on a photowalk on the Thanksgiving holiday I watched this hawk fly past me and on to the top of the oldest building on campus. I had just made some photos there, but I walked back around the building to make a photo of the hawk on top. I thought about what a lucky break that was. I walked around a bit more before ending up near the building again. As I was walking down the path this hawk flew down and absolutely crashed into a tree near me. It had grabbed a squirrel and came in hot to get it. I was so close to the hawk, but it didn’t mind. In fact it jumped out of the tree with the squirrel so I could get the look you see above of it. It was a very lucky set of events, but made my walk even cooler.
Birding Photography With A Landscape Kit
I was out making landscape photos when I saw all of this go down. With that being said I only had a 24mm and 24-105mm lens on me. It was lucky to have the hawk so close, but with my 600 I would have had some amazing photos. I can’t always lug that thing around though so I made do with what I had. Just to get to see what I saw was pretty cool though so I am happy that I had any kind of camera and lenses with me.
7 Replies to “A Campus Hawk”
Great pic. Did you try to save the squirrel?
No. It was gone the minute the hawk grabbed it with those talons.
You never know, that’s for sure. 🙂 We saw a number of these hawks as we drove to and from Illinois just before Christmas. Winter’s a good time for sighting them as all the leaves are gone. 🙂
Hope you had an excellent Christmas, Dave.
Thanks as always for the kind words. Hopefully your holidays were great.
They were. And yours?
They were very good. Thanks for asking.