Simple Lesson From a Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed HawkFor most people (birders and non-birders alike) Red-tailed Hawks are a common sighting. Even if they aren’t referred to by name, the presence of a large, often semi-tame raptor is thrilling. And while we are far away from being experts on the behaviors of birds of prey, we learned long ago an important fact.

Red-tailed Hawk

When approaching a raptor that is uninterested in flying, do not stand directly behind the bird. While this may seem like a sneaky way to get a better look at the bird, this is a dangerous spot to be if the bird ruffles his feathers and fires.

Red-tail projectile fecal matter… onto the patio
Red-tailed Hawk Poo

This would qualify as a “sheepishly” looking Red-tail
Red-tailed Hawk

6 thoughts on “Simple Lesson From a Red-tailed Hawk

  1. You would also want to keep your mouth shut while flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes are flying over. I’m sure that would also apply to most other flocks flying overhead. 🙂

  2. It does look like it’s thinking, “You didn’t see that, did you?”

    My mom once had a gull drop one right in her cocktail when we were having an evening picnic on the beach.

    Great post. I love the photos.

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