mother and child reunion

I am the hawk, and there’s blood on my feathers.
But time is still turning, they soon will be dry.
And all those who see me, and all who believe in me
share in the freedom I feel when I fly.

John Denver
lyrics
Eagle and the Hawk

(all images of a young immature Red-tail Hawk / Julie Cook / 2017)

I heard him long before I spotted him.
Scanning the tree line I finally located the almost frantic and very intense
commotion perched precariously atop the very tip of a pine tree.
He was “crying” loud and furious…as another hawk made its way to the tree.

Despite his intimidating size, this was a baby…well…
maybe not exactly a baby but more like an adolescent,
yet still more child than adult.
Oddly younger hawks are larger than the full grown adults.
This fussy bird wasn’t acting much better than a fledgling.
Crying for all to hear.

This immature bird was crying for mom…
who did swoop in as they traded places.
Mom took over sitting atop the tree before both birds flew off.

If you’ve never seen a bird of prey up close and personal, they give renewed sense
to simply being Awed!

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:7-10

21 comments on “mother and child reunion

  1. David says:

    A few years ago I opened the curtains to discover a sparrow hawk eating his breakfast (a blackbird) on my patio! Sparrow hawk wasn’t in the least bothered by humans in the vicinity and I reckon he gave me a dirty look when I came out on to the patio, before picking up what remained of the blackbird and relocating to a safer distance leaving a mess of feathers behind for me to clear up!

  2. Lynda says:

    God’s creation is awesome indeed!

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    These are beautiful photographs. The birds of prey are indeed fearsome. Even the look in their eyes creates a feeling of unrest.

  4. Gail Johnson says:

    I love capturing nature. Thank you for sharing your pictures. ❤

  5. Wally Fry says:

    Now that’s very cool

  6. Citizen Tom says:

    When I was growing up, birds of prey were scarce. DDT? I suppose so, but there are some folks who claim otherwise. Science is so politicized it is difficult to know what to think. But there back, and it is a sight to see.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. hatrack4 says:

    I was driving through a national forest in Florida a couple of years ago (during my contract work phase) and I saw came upon buzzards eating carrion in the road. As I got closer, I noticed that one of them wasn’t a buzzard. The bald eagle looked at my approaching SUV wihthout concern, spread his massive wings and took off. It was an impressive sight, and wonderful to see in the wild from that close.

    • Now that is cool! I’ve only seen an eagle in the wild a couple of times and they are truly a sight to behold

    • Wally Fry says:

      Here in Arkansas, we have bald eagles everywhere! Even in farm country. I see them just sitting in cut fields often. They are, as you pointed out, carrion eaters quite often, and they lurk the farm fields to get the animals that are casualties of farm work.

      • hatrack4 says:

        At one time they had relocated bald eagles to all fifty states, but i have only seen three in the wild and the other two were from some distance.

      • I’ve seen them in Alaska, but that’s a given—they have been reintroduced into Georgia and my husband and I have actually seen two close to home one at West Point Lake, which is located in Troup Co Georgia about an hour southwest of Atlanta and the other in a small watershed lake near our home in Carrollton. But no matter where I see them or their kin..I find it a real treat!

  8. Salvageable says:

    Splendid photographs! J.

  9. SLIMJIM says:

    Frightening and amazing at the same time…

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