Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thinking This Was the One Taken ~

For over two weeks now, I have been looking for another bird, that I had become quite fond of.  It was the immature Red-tailed Hawk that lives about a mile and a half from Tingsgrove.  I had photographed it several times and I really liked it's personality when I would come round to pay a photo visit. I went looking for it again this afternoon and once again, could not locate it. 

For those whom have kept up with my blog for a while, you may remember that one of the adult Red-tailed Hawks from same area was killed a couple of months ago and I shared the story with you.  Then two and a half weeks ago, on January 21st, the Great Horned Owl took an immature Red-tailed Hawk at 2:15 in broad daylight in the early afternoon, and then took my favorite young one, the immature Red-Shouldered Hawk five hours later. 

This afternoon after returning home, I decided to go through my hundreds of images and see if I could determine anything and I am thinking now, that I have come to realize that two friends were taken that day.  The immature Red-tail matches up perfectly with the one on left foot of what was left after the Owl was chased away.

Nature at it's best..I guess, somehow, it still seems worse this go round, yet now, I do think I have my answers...ugh~


  1. Well nature is just nature Mary and this kind of event might happen, you would say it is better than to be killed by a plane or a hunter.... beautiful pictures you got, nature as its best!

  2. This winter has made all the birds of prey bold and hungry I think. How amazing that the owl was hunting during the day! How sad that it got your young hawks! I have seen this played out the oppisite way in AZ where a friend had nesting Great-horned owls on a nearby rooftop and a Cooper's hawk flew in and killed the young owls!

  3. Brilliant bird, its head and tail are the best thing, thanks Mary.

  4. Ugh :( I'm so sorry, mary. That's so hard to deal with. Hugs your way !


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