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Red tailed hawks, Whistle and they will come..................




I am a wildlife rehabber and live on 3 acres in the country. Across the road from me there is a pair of red tailed hawks that share my part of the world. About 12 years ago we put a short pole with flat platform on top in the middle of my prairie. I stated by putting road kill rabbits and squirrels on the platform and always whistled three times. It took a while for the pair of wild red tails to figure out the whistle meant food for free. Actually it did not really take all that long, they are very smart beings. This began a "perk" in the wildlife business. These birds were never in rehab, they just learned the whistle meant a free meal. You learn a lot about wild things if you take the time to watch. Below are some of the photos over the years of these two wonderful beings I share my life with.



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Platform in front prairie.
Platform in front prairie.
Red tails in winter.
Red tails in winter.
Upon hearing the whistle
Upon hearing the whistle
35 foot pole in prairie.
35 foot pole in prairie.
The launch
The launch
The male red tail
The male red tail
Male leaving the food lot.
Male leaving the food lot.
Touch and go
Touch and go
Female
Female
Hiding from the bluejay
Hiding from the bluejay
Blue jay or not that rabbit is mine.
Blue jay or not that rabbit is mine.
The long wait
The long wait
Waiting on...............
Waiting on...............
Now it is the crows to deal with.
Now it is the crows to deal with.
Direct shot
Direct shot
WInter meal
WInter meal
A new perch
A new perch
Checking in  to see what the meal of the day is.
Checking in to see what the meal of the day is.
Very hungry bird
Very hungry bird
Closer to house.
Closer to house.
This is Ms Harvey, the great horned owl
This is Ms Harvey, the great horned owl
Don't take my food.
Don't take my food.
Looking for a live free meal
Looking for a live free meal
Right or left footed?
Right or left footed?
Missed..........or dropped.
Missed..........or dropped.
g1/90/560490/3/105787883.yRvmir2v.jpg One perfect red tailed hawk.
One perfect red tailed hawk.
Pick one
Pick one
Take it to go.
Take it to go.
The nest
The nest
She still waits for me.
She still waits for me.