The first day of Summer started out pretty much like any other orange house painting day with the exception of one incredible surprise!!  The guys got here  early to finish the painting and I opened the gates for them as usual.  About a minute later they are at my front door to let me know a hawk had taken their ladders hostage!


I just happened to have my iphone in my hand and hurried up and got a couple of quick shots and video (bottom of post) to be sure I didn’t miss my chance, then ran in the house to grab the 7D and my 100mm 2.8 macro lens.  Oooooh was I glad the fledgling redtailed  hawk decided to just chill there for a while!


This is one of the babies who just left the nest and is fledgling….still dependent on mom and dad to feed them.  We were able to coax baby off of the ladder and into our yard, trying to keep him from going over the fence where Barclay the cat was waiting on our awning!! Eeeek!!  I’m not sure who would win that one….the hawk or the cat!  Over the other fence a very large dog….so needless to say we were relieved he chose the safe haven of our wild back yard.


I spend a lot of time inching closer and closer to “Cayenne” (dubbed by the painters who found him/her….thats the color of our paint)   The hawk was not scared but seemed just as curious about me as I was about him.   At one point I was within 18″ of this incredible beastie!!    Those big beautiful eyes have 20/2 vision and are something I never thought I would have a chance to look that deeply into on a wild raptor!!!  I have tears in my eyes just thinking about how beautiful he is!!

Cayennne is a good color for “Cayenne”.  This is my faveorite overall photo of this magestic creature.  Look at those fresh new feathers!!


This was a closeup I didn’t want to miss….the talons so strong looking already in his young life.  I hope his parents are helping him eat.  I actually put down a big bird bath of water on the deck for him and some raw chicken bits …just in case.  I think all the ruckus this weekend that made Barclay come in my bathroom was most likely this hawklet in the yard.  The other birds were behaving the same way as they did today when he went into back of the yard


I’m crazy about this shot above too….such a trusting gaze




Had to get a closeup of the mini “redtail” which will be crowning glory someday




“Cayenne” had moved on to my ivy patch and up into the back yard…thank goodness!  Doesn’t he look much smaller out here?  Reminds me in a weird way of a quail because his head is so small in comparison to his body.

So far the baby hawk has been back and forth on my deck and porch swing.  I sooooo hope that someday soon the sky will be graced by his soaring presence and shrill cries ….looking down on my garden as his home!!!  Sigh…what a great day!!






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My name is Sandra Miller and I love to ART. I enjoy my studio and home in beautiful Portland Oregon with my husband Steve and our charming Finnish Lapphund dog named Ihana