Red Tailed Tale

Update: March 3, 2012Thanks to the help of Jim Burns ( I am updating this post because the hawk in this photo is not a red tailed but a Cooper’s hawk.

Holding my breath (literally) I got my photo.  It was too difficult to manage the tripod, dog, cat and the squeaky kitchen door that I opted to use my telephoto lens freehand.  And that’s why I needed to hold my breath.

Cooper’s Hawk

Despite the noise, the hawk remained somehow long enough and I managed to capture it before it flew away.

Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk closeup

I love wildlife.

Camera in hand, I sat quietly in my chair on the patio waiting for the hawk to return, with the dog and cat furious on the other side of the kitchen door.  Normally, they would accompany me as I sat with my morning tea on the patio enjoying the quiet of Cave Creek.  But the kettle had to wait.  I wanted to be selfish just this once because I really wanted a photo of the hawk in flight.  I waited and the domesticated ones grew more impatient and bolder with Nedra nudging the door handle with her wet nose and Tari on two hind legs scratching the glass panel furiously with her paws.

The hawk was not going to come back but I waited still.

Then, as I spied my nemesis – the bushy tailed squirrel that has done untold damage digging around the house – it dawned on me.  In capturing my photo, I lost my opportunity for a good hunt.

my nemesis

With the hawk gone, the squirrel posed for his photo.