Sometimes the best things are found close to home. MJ talked me into going to the Frisbee golf park about a mile from the house, which wasn’t my first thought for exciting places to go, but there’s plenty of open space there. I started out taking some pretty pictures, which were nice enough, but not terribly exciting.
At first I thought maybe it was dead, but then it moved. But why in the world was a hawk just sitting on the ground when there were people around?
As I got closer, it became obvious what it was doing. He had caught something, and was sitting there eating it, completely unconcerned with the curious onlookers around him. Warning, some of the next images are a little graphic.
Or maybe not completely unconcerned. He did keep an eye on me, looking up every time the camera clicked, but he stayed right there and let me get fairly close.
It wasn’t until I spoke to some others about what he was eating (the consensus was a frog), that he decided to fly away for a bit more privacy. I apologize that I didn’t get him a little sharper here, but I didn’t think to open up the aperture as he flew.
The other one continued eating, barely even looking at me as I moved in closer. I was within 5 feet of him, and he did not care a bit.
I think these are both red-tailed hawks, based on size and wing shape, but there is no red to their tails. Google failed to serve me up any hawks that look quite like this in Florida, so I’m really not quite sure. If you can identify them, please, leave me a comment!