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Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk, Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California. I watched this hawk try and catch prey nearly a dozen times, each time it came up empty. I don't recall ever seeing a hawk spend so much time on the ground. On this occasion, it had tried to catch a squirrel, then took off over a flock of Coots, finally landing in this dark area underneath some trees. At first it behaved as if it had something, but then flew off to perch and wait for another chance.

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Taken on December 17, 2008