The Maltese Falcon?

Well, no. This IS San Francisco and the home of the Maltese Falcon, but not this time.

We went to the Japanese Tea Garden to soak up a bit of Zen. Instead, the main pond had been drained for maintenance. Bummer. Still, we decided to walk around it to see what might be blooming. Then we found this:

Red shouldered hawk
Red shouldered hawk

This is not the same bird that we saw across the street at the Arboretum. I meant to take only a couple of pics, but it turned into a regular photo shoot. The birdie was working it for the camera.

From the tree, the hawk dove down to catch a crawdad
From the tree, the hawk dove down to catch a crawdad
Wow
Wow
Om nom nom nom
Om nom nom nom
After eating, the hawk flew over to sit on a lantern and modeled for us
After eating, the hawk flew over to sit on a lantern and modeled for us
Looking coy
Looking coy
This is my good side!
This is my good side!

I think I took about 90 pics. These were the best. I’m still in awe.

Here’s a vid that Lastech took with his new phone. The sound is awful, but I’m too impatient to edit it out for now, so hit the mute button. 🙂 We’ll get better at this. We just need practice.


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5 Replies to “The Maltese Falcon?”

    1. We weren’t expecting to be so lucky as to see a hawk in the park twice this same week, but there you go… We’d also seen a white egret wading through reeds but couldn’t get a clear enough line of sight for pictures.

    1. We are so very lucky. The city is overrun with coyotes, raccoons, opossums, and all kinds of birds. When we were on our way home, we saw another pair of hawks sitting on the power line watching traffic.

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