I am of the "Steven Jay Gould" persuasion of evolution; he postulated that Dinosaurs evolved to birds and I had a terrific encounter today with a Red Tailed Dino.
I was on my morning walk and went into a neighborhood that I rarely venture into. There's a house there for sale (way too expensive I think) and I wanted to peep into the windows to see if it was paved with gold inside (no one lives there and it wasn't). Anyway, as I was nosily heading around back to peep into the walk out basement, I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye...turned around and saw this awesome Red-Tailed hawk having it's breakfast. I was 20 feet away, then 15, then 10...and I only had my iphone so I snapped away as quickly as I could.
He or she was just magnificent looking - I've never been that close to a hawk before and it was wonderful to really see that red tail.
And look at that beak - it's so effective looking.
I swear he actually posed for this picture. I stopped walking closer at this point, as I realized that one good flap of those wings and it could be my nose for breakfast. He appeared completely unconcerned with my approach but eventually flew off....
I managed to catch him in flight - look at that wingspan!!
He perched on the deck of the empty house and just sat there looking at me, a bit ruffly in the front, but no time for grooming after breakfast.
It was a fantastic way to start the day - I was late for work but didn't care at all. It was worth it. Makes me look forward to my morning walk - I wonder what I'll see tomorrow.
Happy Animal Wednesday!!!