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hawk closeup before release

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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 05:10   #1
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hawk closeup before release

This hawk (think 2nd year cooper's) was just tagged and about to be released at Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands, just across the golden gate from San Francisco on Sept 23. It was a rare opportunity to get to photograph the bird from only 7 feet away.

The US park ranger handling the bird is, if you were unsure from the photo, very pregnant. It was very interesting hearing how they capture the hawks, then measure, sample, and band them before release.

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No gloves, brave lady.
She was asked about that. She said she prefers to have the maximum feel so she does not hurt the birds and is very careful to maintain control of the talons.
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Very cool Marc! Both the photo and the ranger's attitude.
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