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Birdwatching: Red Tailed Hawk - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
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Birdwatching: Red Tailed Hawk
On the way home from the T station, this guy was sitting on top of a street sign, holding onto a pigeon which was flapping desparately to get away. He banged it on the sign a couple of times, but that didn't seem to calm it down any. Then he took off with the pigeon to the trees on the other side of the street, but he couldn't get too much altitude (the pigeon wasn't really helping fly) and it got away. I didn't have my camera for any of that, but went home and got it to take some pictures of the hawk in a tree.

Current Mood: intrigued

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merastra From: merastra Date: May 30th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a cool photo!

(And a *very* weird story about the guy and the pigeon. Poor pigeon.)
eichin From: eichin Date: May 31st, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to the MIT-hawk-cam page (a few years back), pigeons are "junkfood" for hawks, very fatty (and since pigeons scavenge, full of other nasty stuff too.) So maybe it's just as well that the pigeon escaped :-)

(btw. just noticed the knitting-works-in-progress sidebar - how do you set that up? or is the knitting community powerful enough that it's a basic livejournal feature now? :-)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: May 31st, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ravelry is the One True Place to track knitting projects; it has an API that generates a progress bars page, like so, but since you can't embed javascript in LJ, I just generate a little picture from that page automatically on login, and that's what gets embedded.
eichin From: eichin Date: May 31st, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, hah, didn't even think to check that it was a plain image. Thanks!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: May 31st, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I think it's a young hawk, so teenagers eating junk food is not so suprising. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: June 1st, 2008 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh wait. I just re-parsed this whole thread and realized that the guy who was holding the pigeon was a hawk. Doh.

Hello, Brain? Please to be turning on, yes? ;-)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 1st, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh! Hee! Yes, "this guy" was meant to be in the tone of voice of pointing at the picture, not the tone of voice of saying "this weird *guy*...". But now I see how it goes the other way too. :)
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