Thursday, April 23, 2015

SR-2 Freeway: Nesting Hawks Are Watching Us Too

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, April 23, 2015.  All day long, both adult Red Tails were flying in and out of the nest, tearing strips of meat off of a prey animal, appearing to feed babies in the nest.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Just before noon, both Gary & I were shooting photos from our respective houses, texting each other, and managed to capture images of the hawks moments apart.  In Gary's photo (above), both hawks are looking in my direction. Yes, they are that observant.  Through years of observing our neighborhood hawks, I've learned, during nesting season, they are very alert to us when we are watching the nest through long camera lenses or binoculars.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 23, 2015, 11:54 AM.  Seconds after Gary shot the first photograph, I managed to catch the smaller of the two Red Tails taking off from the branch it was standing on. 

Unfortunately, the hazy weather, distance and wind blowing the Eucalyptus makes getting a sharp photo from Corralitas difficult.  

We've also noticed this is a new pair of Red Tailed Hawks using the nest.  The old pair who'd used the nest for many years were very vocal, announcing their presence constantly.  They kept such a routine schedule, you could set your watch by them.  The current pair is very quiet, almost as if they don't want the old pair to return and find them there.