May 3rd, 2009
|10:44 am - hawk on a streetlight|
Last night -- well, last evening, just before sunset -- I looked out my kitchen window and saw a flash flash flash of white on the rise, a glimmer of feather in flight.
The hawk, for that it was, rose up sharply, then came down on top of the pole of the mercury-vapor streetlight which stands by my back garage.
(I believe it was a red-tailed hawk, but I could be wrong.)
It was huge, this hawk -- or so it seemed to me from behind the glass. White settled into brown feathers, talons clamped on wood, and a cruelly curved beak came down... from which dangled something long and wriggling. The snake, ack! I'd seen sunning itself in my side yard a few days ago, perhaps.
Sunset on feathers, a ruffle of wings, a further bite down: hawk on a streetlight, bathed in red.
Thank you thank you, L -- and Sunday hugs, too!
Perfect description of a redtail; now that street lights are all hooded to focus the light downward, they've taken to using them to hunt right-of-way and median strips, especially. I saw two in their usual places on our way to Nordie's yesterday.
Julia, shoe shopping at Nordtsrom's is the way all life should be.
Edited at 2009-05-03 05:35 pm (UTC)
Here in my small town the hawks --and owls -- have become a very, very visible and audible presence of late. Or perhaps I'm only now paying attention. ;-)
Hugs, joy, and happy shoe-shopping! :-)
Eek, snake! But the hawk sounds beautiful.
It was a stunning sight for a Saturday evening in the subtropics, I'll just say that!
I'll also say [hugs] and [good thoughts for your Sunday], too. :-))
It was a beautiful image, right up to the..... meep.
Yes, I thought it was beautiful too until the snake. But then it was real. ;-)
Hugs and joys outside your window, A!
I never think of hawks are living in your climate...lovely image.
The subtropics -- or at least the Small Town Where I Live -- is chock-full of birds and animals I wouldn't expect to be here, either. (Black bears, for instance!)
Hugs, ALH, and wine and yarn and cool birds in your garden. :-)
erm...the one disadvantage to the free account is the inability to edit my typos as blatantly displayed above. Sigh.
[pours you a glass of something nice]
|Date:||May 3rd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Lovely descriptive writing. I can see it.
Thank you so much, A -- and I hope your sunset today is a gorgeous one! :-)
Oh, awesome. I love watching the red-tailed hawk hunt.
It really was an awe-inspiring sight -- the hawks are ever-present here these days, but I hadn't seen one quite so present.
Hugs and a good Monday!
Happy Monday! (Busy Monday! Which is good, actually!)
It wasn't something I'd ever quite expected to see from my kitchen window, let's just say that! ;-)
Hugs and a happy Bank Holiday!