Hawk Watching

A couple of times lately on my way home, I had seen what appeared to be two hawks on a nest. Sunday afternoon, I decided to spend some time hawk-watching. I didn’t want to disturb them, so I set up about 400 feet away, with binoculars to watch, and one of my small telescopes on a tripod as a 400mm f/5 telephoto lens for my Pentax SLR, witha roll of Kodak 200 ISO (no, I don’t have a DSLR yet!). Not the best setup, and the pictures aren’t of great quality, but it was what I had. Here’s the nest:

The nest is the large clump at the top. About the time I got there (around 3:00 PM), both hawks flew off, to hunt I assume. About an hour and a half later, one finally returned. You can see it on top of the nest in this picture:

About 10 minutes later, the second hawk returned:

For a few minutes, both hawks stayed at the nest:

Then one flew away again:

Then the second hawk flew away:

This shot was taken with a 70-210mm zoom, at 210mm f/8, handheld.

At this point, I moved to a closer location, about 150 feet from the nest, on the other side of the tree. The hawks returned shortly afterwards, but I must have made them uncomfortable, because after a few minutes they both flew to another tree about 100 feet away:

February 21, 2007 В· Harry В· 2 Comments
Posted in: Nature

2 Responses

  1. Billunit - February 22, 2007

    It might be interesting to see the pair bringing home prey to feed the family when they hatch. Can you reveal the location of the nest. I’m a pretty experienced birder and know not to disturb them.

  2. Hal - April 11, 2007

    On so many of our treks through the delta to visit grandparents when I was a kid – Daddy often pointed out hawks circling, in trees, on utility poles, etc. Fond memories. Don’t recall a nest ever being pointed out to me, though.