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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesdays: Hawk on Campus (Urban Wildlife Watch)

A rare chance to photograph a Hawk (a Red-tailed or Roadside Hawk, I think) in the city. Yes, predators like hawks and raptors live and some thrive in urban and suburban areas. I found this one perched in a tree on my campus – UM-St. Louis near the parking garage on North campus as I was headed to my car.

underneath

behind and underneath my best shot yet

Views of the campus (its habitat) that the Hawk was surveying. It didn’t score anything while I watched it.

10 comments:

sweetytots said...

nice shot... see my daughter's Christmas Pictures year 2007 , year 2006 and on Christmas day itself of 2006

Jan Parrish said...

Love the birdies. Do you twitter?

catsynth said...

Seems like hawks would find ready prey and nesting opportunities in urban environments.

Sreisaat said...

I've seen on National Geographic how some birds like hawks survive in urban areas... still, they're better off in their native habitats.
Have a great day, DNLee :)

Elizabeth Bonds said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the pictures of the campus. Great post. Happy WW!

jams o donnell said...

What a wonderful sight on campus!

Mojo said...

Usually the birds of prey I've seen in urban areas are the smaller ones like Peregrines. But if there's a significant rat population I suppose the larger birds might be attracted to it. Red Tails usually go for squirrels or rabbits though, which -- around here at least -- are pretty common in the suburbs.

Some folks that ride at the same stable as a friend of mine found a Red Tail with a broken wing there and got it to the Raptor Center at NCSU's Vet School. It was badly malnourished and dehydrated, but has rebounded extremely well with treatment and due to be released around the first of the year. I'm on the mailing list for the release party, so hopefully I'll have photos to share when she takes to the air again.

Black on Campus said...

I really like this series of photos. How did you get such a great picture of that Hawk?

Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Ratty said...

I love your hawk photos. Finding big birds like this is great. Hawks like this one seem to like being near parking areas. I found one in a very similar area.

Confluence City said...

Good stuff. Nice touch to show the hawk's habitat.

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