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Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
my house -- 1330 South Garfield St.
Lighting was indirect due to the location between houses.
Description of the Bird
Most distinctive characteristic was a wide rust-colored chest barred with white accents. Also notable was the thick rust-colored plumage half-way down the legs.
Behaviors: I first noticed the hawk from about 30 feet away while it was standing on a pidgeon carcass in a secluded spot between my house and the house next door. It remained motionless so I ran into the house, grabbed a still camera and came out my front which was just out of view. I stepped into view about 20 feet away and snapped some photos. The hawk seemed relatively unfazed and would feed and stand alert intermittently. I ran back into the house and got my video camera and took some hand-held video. The bird continued that same behavior, so I then got a tripod for the video camera and over an hour's worth of great footage before the hawk burst into flight with the carcass to a tree across the street.
Call: did not hear any vocalization
Plumage: slate blue above; barred rusty below
Similar Species Discussion
I found the near-exact likeness of the bird in my Audubon Field Guide.
Again, the Audubon Field Guide (to North American Birds).
Date Documentation Submitted
11/11/2012 10:07:00 PM
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