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22-Jul-2020 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

Terror Provoking

Beautiful hawk … IF he were NOT stalking my dogs and killing wildlife in our yard.
Far, far too close for comfort. But at least - on this occasion - he was more than just a foot away like he was during our first encounter. The roof here is only 12 feet above the ground.

Even with my backing off with the zoom, this image is full frame.

When he got bored with watching people guard his subject of interest, the hawk went back over to our neighbor's and took out another song bird at their feeder. He's definitely very well fed.

COVID Update:

At least, one local "teen party" got in the news

Frankly, I don't understand why people are having parties like this during a pandemic, but it's been going on in our neighborhood. Not all party goers from other parties are getting tested like the one in the article above. Unfortunately, the other parties may also be helping to spread coronavirus. Stats are way up in our county.


The hawk came back to check out our dogs;
even with both my husband and I standing within inches of our Chi girls when they were outside to go potty.

Because hawks are protected by the federal government, there is nothing that can be done about this hawk harassing us. It is illegal to even pick up a hawk feather (naturally shed by the hawk) if you would happen to find one on the ground. That is subject to a $15,000 fine. Harming a hawk - no matter what the hawk does - is punishable by both double digit thousands of dollars in fines; plus also time in prison.

Because of out-of-control, deadly COVID in our area, we humans are now more or less prisoners of our own home & property. Now because of a hawk that kills for sport, our dogs have also become prisoners. They now must be confined inside the house; except for very brief times outside to relieve themselves; while we stand guard to protect them.

Before the hawk showed up, the dogs being outside with me on the deck were my stress reliever.
From baby puppies to very old senior citizens, our dogs have always been "safe" on our deck until now.

These are very trying times.

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Dan Greenberg15-Aug-2020 15:22
That is one of the main reason we never have small dogs - hawks and owls both, not to mention coyotes. At 120 lbs, Emma is not under threat from any of them. We have lots of rabbits too, but they never seem to go after them. This is a great image of your dog stalker. ~BV~
Graeme01-Aug-2020 10:51
You got a fantastic closeup of the hawk here Liz. Feel sorry for the songbird though! V
Mairéad29-Jul-2020 19:04
A great capture of this majestic bird who is certainly living up to its name as it is watching you like a hawk!
Karen Stuebing29-Jul-2020 15:21
He is magnificent and so it this capture. You caught a wonderful pose here and the detail is stunning. V.
Jeff Real28-Jul-2020 23:07
This is amazing!
I love the pose and the fantastic details!
Nick Paoni28-Jul-2020 20:22
Terrific capture of this predator.
John Reynolds LRPS28-Jul-2020 18:37
I guess they have to eat... Great image with excellent detail. V.
Nestor Derkach28-Jul-2020 16:54
Nice rooftop perched capture nice detail and a expressive look he gave you.
Excellent COVID information some alarming.
Tom Munson28-Jul-2020 15:13
Great shot of this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk.
Helen Betts28-Jul-2020 12:43
Great capture and a magnificent bird, but obviously not one you want near your property.
joseantonio28-Jul-2020 11:56
very nice portrait in this lovely pose.V
danad28-Jul-2020 08:09
Awesome portait ! It is a beautiful hawk, but so disturbing in your everyday life. You do not need that, increasing the problem of lock-dawn ! V.
Range View 28-Jul-2020 06:10
A first class capture of this nasty looking menace Liz.
Sounds like you need outside help with this problem.