Tuesday, February 21, 2006

In Motion, At Rest, In Motion

The following three photographs were taken about five minutes apart. The hawk was hunting, and we were watching from the window. We have found it fairly difficult to capture the Cooper's Hawks movements when it flies, because it moves very quickly and adjusts its body to fly through small spaces everywhere. We think this juvenile is a beautiful bird of prey. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

hawk leaps from the ground
like a bullet into trees
hoping for surprise

empty talons wait
eyes scan movement far and wide
persistent hunger

flying from its perch
a blur of feathers softly
belie intentions

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