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    What Are These Birds?

    Saw this out my office window just now, down the street from the Hawes Walgreens. Anyone know what they are? my camera is just a point-and-shoot, on full zoom. CJ I am not...

    first there was one


    then came a friend


    maybe more than friends


    just over the next yard, maybe 100 feet away


    i think they got stage fright
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    Looks like Harris Hawks but what do I know...

    http://www.scsc.k12.ar.us/2001migrat...tory_hawks.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by su.ling~
    Looks like Harris Hawks but what do I know...
    Exactly

    Harris's Hawk - Parabuteo unicinctus

    Cool shots!!!!!!!!!!!

    They hunt in cooperative family groups. I have a lot of photos on my Facebook page as well as the young and old calling to each other.




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    Quote Originally Posted by C.J.
    Exactly

    Harris's Hawk - Parabuteo unicinctus

    Cool shots!!!!!!!!!!!

    They hunt in cooperative family groups. I have a lot of photos on my Facebook page as well as the young and old calling to each other.
    neat! thanks CJ. while I was taking pics, my cat started meowing behind me - not sure if it was a coincidence, she is a 10lb, 8yr old outdoor cat with a decent sense of self-preservation (cats don't last long near here otherwise) so I wonder if she was wary of them? I've seen one a few times over the last month in the area, but never 2.
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    Harris hawks, they are indeed. I have a friend who has a Harris (western Colorado) and the bird goes out and hunts for his own food and returns, smiling...

    He could easily take that ten pound cat...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Dog
    Harris hawks, they are indeed. I have a friend who has a Harris (western Colorado) and the bird goes out and hunts for his own food and returns, smiling...

    He could easily take that ten pound cat...
    really? i had no idea.

    It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    really? i had no idea.

    It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
    One of those Harris' hawks hovered over my kitty one day. A survivor, he did not run and or the hawk must have thought him too portly. Or so I thought.

    Talking to CJ and seeing his videos, I was lucky the cat did not run. As CJ said they hunt in family packs, often using an air decoy to flush prey into a ground ambush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    really? i had no idea.

    It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
    Listen. In order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?

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    I'm going with a Surfin' Bird.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
    It could grip it by the husk!

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottW
    Listen. In order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?
    But would that be with coconuts?
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    Looks like an African Swallow...you'll probaby find some coconuts close by as well.
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    If you ever hit up the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, they have a great demonstration with these birds. They're pretty amazing to watch. Yes your kitty would be toast if it were out roaming when these two are about (and hunting)

    I've seen em super up close at the Desert Museum, I'd not want to tangle with one!

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    Yep, adult female and adult male Harris' Hawks.
    Another interesting fact about HHs: They breed year round. With our current warm weather, those two may be engaged in courtship behavior. Keep watching them - you may get to see them doing it on that lightpole! According to biologists, HHs rarely wander more than about a half mile from their 'home' (nest) so there is likely a nest nearby.
    Something biologists don't know about HHs: egg yolk is often part of their diet!
    Clever and adaptable birds, they easily learn to understand and respond to human voice commands under the right conditions (just like a dog).

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