Late this afternoon I staked out the local celebrity Eagles nest and was richly rewarded. Not only excellent light, but the parents brought in some dinner for the kids.. And the hungriest one of all, seems to be the little adopted Retail Hawk. More photos and story later after I finish processing this evening!
My dear friend Jim Hatter was with me at this shoot in so many ways, so I am dedicating todays images to JIM! Thank you to the folks who stopped by, chatted and made my day!!! Please stay in touch! Terry ...
The story as I perceive it is this... About 10 days ago, a fellow photographer, friend of mine showed me a photo of this Eagles nest with a strangely small baby eagle. He asked me if it was common for some of the nestlings to be older than the others, and to my knowledge, I said yes it was. However, this baby, was no Eagle as it turns out, but a Red Tail Hawk.
There were aparantly 2 R.T.H.'s at first, which I believe to have been stolen out of their nest by the plundering Eagle parent. (This food gathering behaviour is quite common, though frightful to us humans.. it is nature and survival)
These birds would have been brought to the nest as food for the young Eaglets ... One disappeared and it's presumed was eaten, while this 2nd Hawk somehow lived and became an adoptee.
As I observed this evening, when the parents arrived with fresh food, this baby Hawk popped his head up and screamed for dinner... Which was promptly delivered.. Lovingly, and tenderly, I might add.
Time will tell if there are other stories out there similar to this one, but for me it draws some parallels to my own life and existence in the Natural world. Hope you enjoy the photos... Terry
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