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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 22nd March, 2020)

Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk
A mysterious garden visitor to Shevington about 2 to 3 feet head to tail it seemed.

Photo: Carole Quinn  (iPad)
Views: 2,486

Comment by: XPat on 22nd March 2020 at 00:10

WOW!! What a picture. How lucky are you Carole? Thank you for sharing.
Love the gloomy sky as well. Brilliant!
Is that part of a tree behind the fence he's perched on?

Comment by: Anne on 22nd March 2020 at 08:02

Looks like it has escaped from somewhere by what is attached to its right leg.
A rare capture, well done.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 22nd March 2020 at 08:22

Well done, Carole,

Fantastic shot.

Comment by: Mick on 22nd March 2020 at 08:42

Way he sat on the fence he looks tame

Comment by: Poet on 22nd March 2020 at 08:44

How extraordinary. A sight you don't see everyday.

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd March 2020 at 09:18

I wonder if it has come down from the Lake District or Scotland... You don't see a Hawk every day around these parts....it's magestic to look at. Good show!

Comment by: Maureen on 22nd March 2020 at 09:48

We have a little chihuahua and already watch him when goes out to do his necasseries,so will have to be extra vigilant now...it is apart from that a beautiful bird..well done Carole for capturing that shot.

Comment by: Eric R. on 22nd March 2020 at 12:30

Confirm that this is a falconers Harris Hawk, max height circa 2ft. which has strayed from home. It is wearing "Jessies" which are leather ankle straps fitted by falconers to restrain the bird. Owners of loose garden pet rabbits and chickens should be aware of its presence - it could well be tempted. If anyone attempts to call it down, they should wear a good leather garden glove, holding a piece of chicken, (nothing else)but it is not recommended that any try at catching it should be attempted whilst it is dining. It may just swoop and take the chicken. There will be a ring on a leg bearing an Identity Number , from which the owner can be traced.

No doubt after this excellent photo the owner will be around Shevi.

Comment by: Philip G on 22nd March 2020 at 12:36

A friend of mine had lost his hawk only last year, so perhaps this is his bird. He'd posted his loss on Facebook. Here's hoping.

Comment by: Philip G, on 22nd March 2020 at 12:44

I'd forgotten to mention that my friend's hawk had fled from Upholland, and with a blue 'streamer' attached to one of its legs.

Comment by: Pw on 22nd March 2020 at 14:38

I remember when I worked in Leigh and a bird like this had escaped and was dive bombed by many other birds.It settled on lift tower at the BICC works.Someone knew who it belonged to went and told the owner who said he would leave it till it was hungry.He turned up later and the bird came down to him.

Comment by: Anne on 22nd March 2020 at 14:43

Just as I thought, it has escaped from somewhere. Hope it does belong to Philip G's friend.

Comment by: Maureen on 22nd March 2020 at 17:04

Me too Anne,it's awful when any creature is lost.

Comment by: Mick on 22nd March 2020 at 18:35

Im not a creature so I woudnt how they feel when they are lost

Comment by: Lynne on 23rd March 2020 at 09:49

You certainly are a creature, Mick. Humans, like all animals come from the same source.

Comment by: Terence on 25th March 2020 at 09:49

Just to update ....a message from a website that re unites lost birds. They have captured it and are trying to locate the owner.

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