Continued from A Red-tailed Hawk’s first flights (Part 1)
The next day the juvenile Red-tailed Hawk spread his/her wings more easily and flew far more often. Juvy was getting stronger. Exploring the sky was beginning to become exciting — there were many places to go, lots of trees to look down upon. And there were other birds out there. Lots of them.
Juvenile Red-tails watch their feet intently while landing. Hawks are long-sighted. They need to be able to spot prey from great heights so their eyes have become adapted to that need over the centuries. But that means that their near vision is not as good. Remember how, when you first learned to drive, how you were worried about keeping the proper distance from the curb at the corner when executing a turn?
It is the same with Hawks. Learning to land is the trickiest of maneuvers so they watch their distance closely. Later when they come to know where there feet are they won’t need to do this.
And off again; the rest periods are getting shorter.
By the third day the art of flying was being mastered; among other new maneuvers the bird was learning to drop his legs to slow his/her flight.
Time for a little fun in the sky
Meeting a sibling.
Enough for today, and the end of my shoot as the juvenile left shortly and so did I.
The next day I returned but the juvenile didn’t. After a two hour wait, I gave it up.
So, for me the story is over for this year. You can bet I will be back next year!
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