Thursday, October 2, 2014

Red Car Property: Classic Red Tailed Hawk Hunting Technique On Corralitas

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 30, 2014.  A big Red Tailed Hawk was perched atop the telephone pole at the Corralitas end of the Red Car Property.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Sun at her back, she was watching for squirrels in the protected  Southern California Black Walnut Trees & the ground surrounding them, from her telephone pole.  
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 30, 2014.  Red Tailed Hawks have extraordinary eyesight.  This one was grooming, pulling foxtails out of her feathers (see first photo - there's one sticking out of the chest feathers) yet alert to any movement on the hillside that might be breakfast. Her head would suddenly snap to a squirrel or other rodent moving on the hill.  

Any prey might not see her atop the pole with the sun at her back.  And she would gain a few seconds of surprise on her potential meal as they were temporarily blinded by the sun.  

Come back tomorrow to see if she was successful.