The Travels of Tug 44

Red-Tailed Hawk, trapped on a wire

In May 2018, I spotted this beautiful Red-Tailed Hawk sitting on a wire overlooking a parking lot by the Fort Edward train station. She was watching a flock of Starlings on the ground below her.   high-res

The Red-Tailed Hawk selects her prey and suddenly launches straight down at the Starlings. Notice the claw on her left foot, on the far right of the photo.   high-res

Her claw is definitely caught behind the small wire.   high-res

... and she is caught.   high-res

Now the Red-Tailed Hawk is completely stuck on the wire and hanging by her foot.   high-res

There is a lot of wing flapping and she is starting to come back up.   high-res

The Red-Tailed Hawk is back up on her perch but her claw is still stuck on the wire.   high-res

Finally she got her claw loose ....   high-res

... and she is turning back into her prefered position.   high-res

Now the Red-Tailed Hawk is pausing to check her feet.   high-res

Finally the Red-Tailed Hawk is back into position and she appears to be ok ...   high-res

... and almost immediately she dove straight down again, this time with no mishaps ... and she nailed the Starling below her. Lunch was served in a nearby tree.   high-res

The Red-Tailed Hawk, having a bad day.

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