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Red-Tailed Hawk and Lunch (Coot, methinks) | by kukkurovaca
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Red-Tailed Hawk and Lunch (Coot, methinks)

I went out that day at lunch with the intention of staking out the hummingbird nest I'd found the day before, or else pursuing some of the songbirds. I have a strong water bird bias, but I want to eventually cover *all* the birds of the Channel, so I'm trying to pay more attention to the trees.

 

Problem was, I get out there, and there's nothing in those trees. The area is completely empty. I scan the trees and the ground, looking for motion or familiar (or unfamiliar) bird shapes, but...nothing. Everybody was at a party, or something.

 

Then, BAM, this guy rushes into view. I've seen him or his ilk a few times before, but never had a chance to photograph 'em as more than a brown blur.

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Taken on March 5, 2008