Red-Tailed Hawk Story

Red-tailed Hawk Story

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This hawk was first spotted by the ladies I was with after we had finished taking photos across the road on April 20, 2013. At first we thought the bird was admiring itself in the window. Upon further review on my camera, we could see the nesting material.

Red-tailed Hawk Story

Red-tailed Hawk Story

A friend of mine (and relative to the ladies I was with) had access through a friend of hers to get inside the building and the rest of the hawk shots were taken through the dirty window. This was when we first set foot on the seventh floor. Once this bird got a good look at us, it only landed once again at the top of the fire escape ladder. We did see both parents flying, circling and calling to each other which was a treat!

Red-tailed Hawk Story

Checking us out from the top of the fire escape.

Red-tailed Hawk Story

One of two chicks in the nest.

Red-tailed Hawk Story

If you look closely, you can spot their supper. There is a half-eaten rat laying in the nest. I’m sure they were being fed when we spooked the adults.

Red-tailed Hawk Story

Each floor of this building has been gutted, quite a shame for it once was a grand hotel back in its day. The nest is just outside the unseen window to your right, I’m against the wall taking this shot.

Red-tailed Hawk Story

Red-tailed Hawk Chicks – Keep in mind these photos were taken through the window.

Red-tailed Hawk Story

The nest is just outside this window.

Red-tailed Hawk Story

The church where the ladies and I were when they first saw the hawk and nest. This shot was taken from the roof of the old hotel. I’m certainly glad they were paying attention! I was busy reviewing photos of the lovely prom attendee on my camera.

Red-tailed Hawk Story

I didn’t mind going up on the roof and I briefly looked over, but I sure couldn’t use my viewfinder and take the shot, made me dizzy and nervous! I did aim blindly by holding my camera over the side of the building.

A once in a lifetime chance to see these chicks up close and personal? I think so and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

Update: Turns out it was not a once in a lifetime chance; Read the Hawk Chick story, year two, same nest.