It is true: this is a bike blog, also true that I am not a particularly good birder. But, you are my only audience and so ... I sat in the 4th floor crowded waiting room of a building in a nearby city today, and while I was, well, waiting, through the corner of my eye I saw a flurry of violent commotion, perhaps 15 feet away.
Odd, it was outside the 4th floor window. Outside. No one else noticed, not even the people waiting 6 inches away, inside the window.
Being polite, quiet, and not wanting to disturb a somewhat stressed and crowded waiting room, I said nothing, didn't jump up or exclaim. But I did watch, as closely as I could. After what seemed perhaps 10 minutes, I left my seat and moved a few feet to stand and get a better angle. At that point I needed to tell the gentleman whose shoulder I was peering over, but he too stayed quiet, watching. Eventually a few others waiting noticed me, then noticed the activity, and I got out my camera.
The red tail hawk had caught a pigeon, landed on the window airconditioner, and de-feathering the bird bit by bit, ate lunch.
After a few minutes more, the hawk took notice of us, but understood he was safe and seemed not disturbed.
In my last post I promised you a few pictures from time to time, but didn't expect these.