As shown in Photo 1 and 4, this Red-tailed Hawk is on the look-out for smaller birds that were harassing the hawk (see Photo 3). The hawk flew to a nearby tree (see Photos 4-5); the smaller birds followed. Hide in plain sight must be this hawk's modus operandi, 'cuz it was a sitting duck at its new location. The hawk's hackles are raised in Photo 5, indicating it is angry after being pecked by a mockingbird. (The idiom "get your hackles up" means "to get angry.") Hey, life is not necessarily a picnic at the top of the food chain!
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a wetland area located near the Nation's Capital. Related Resource: http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/dyke-marsh.htm
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Lat: 38.77, Long: -77.05
Spotted on Apr 27, 2012
Submitted on Apr 30, 2012