Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Baby Hawks in the Nest

Last year about this time I went with a friend to her family's ranch in southeastern Idaho. At the edge of a grassy field in a small tree was a hawk's nest. We could stand on a pickup track and peek into the nest - and when we did, we found three young hawks. While two slept, the third made this nice defensive pose. After a few minutes of looking big and brave, he settled down for some baby hawk portraits...but this was one of my favorite moments. I wonder if this year those babies are still alive, and if they have baby hawks of their own. I'm not sure what kind of hawks they were, but the parents circled above us the whole time we were at the nest, and we didn't stay long or touch anything.

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