7/10, St. John the Divine

Unless there was a meal delivery that I missed, it appears that one of the young red-tailed hawks at the cathedral has begun to successfully hunt.

A line of pigeons along the roof of the Cathedral School suggested a hawk was in the area, and indeed, I found one in the big tree by the Deanery. He was flapping around as he tried to maintain his perch. It turned out one foot was clenching a pigeon.

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And making some effort to pluck the prey.

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More stable footing being required, why not try the roof of the Cathedral School.

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Where, oddly enough, the rest of the pigeons were not in a hurry to exit.

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Rotate around to see if he can get a better position.

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Rotate some more.

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And finally time to dig in.

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Dinner lasted perhaps 15 minutes, after which the young hawk remained in place, watching whatever flew over and checking out the rest of the pigeons, perhaps sizing someone up for tomorrow's breakfast.

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Posted 7/10/2014 10:02:00 PM by Robert

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On 7/11/2014 4:36 PM , Goggla said...

Wow, great timing on this one! You just might have caught this fledgling with its very first catch.