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Hawks on a Wild Wednesday

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I saw all of these hawks at the Paynes Prairie State Park near Gainesville, Florida on December 16, 2013.  The hawks were cruising the skies looking for a quick meal.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Hawks on a Wild Wednesday" (11)

  1. That looks like it is an excellent setting in which to see the hawks. They are always interesting.

    • Hi Monrucky, Yes, from the overlook (really an elevated boardwalk type pier about 50 yards long), we had a really long view of the marshy prairie. Lots of different large birds there. I read that there are or were, wild horses, too. We want to visit more places in the park. I will be sharing pictures of Sand Hill Cranes, Egrets, and Great Blue Herons in future posts here. Have a tremendously nice day!

  2. Yes, those hawks are looking hard for a good meal!!!!!! Hawks are beautiful birds –but I don’t want them near my yard and feeders. I have lots of Mourning Doves –which the hawks LOVE.

    Merry Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, Well, where you are in the Glade, there are a lot of Coots out on the lakes now – they are another favorite of the hawks! Yes, you do not want the doves being snacked-upon! Have a truly fine day today and thanks for your always appreciated comments!

    • Actually, your birds would be safe from these guys. They’re Northern Harriers and are looking for rodents. We are glad any time they come around here and catch a meal; that many less that come in the house. 🙂

      You got some very nice shots of this bird, wildlifewatcher. I am still trying. I like their faces, similar to an owl’s.

  3. Wow, so many! And you got some really great shots! Especially of the short curved beaks.

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, there were several hawks during the hour or so I was there at the park. The wading birds would not be seen until a hawk flew over and then I would see the heads of cranes, egrets, and herons pop up from the tall grass. We were a long distance away from almost all of the birds save for a few. Have an especially nice evening and a great day tomorrow!

  4. It is a lovely place to view the hawks. Great sightings and photos. Enjoy your evening and the rest of the week!

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks! Where we were was just off the highway and we had a lot to see. Sometime soon, we plan to visit the main areas of the park and do some short hikes. Have a wonderful Thursday tomorrow!

  5. i like to see them cruising over the fields.

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