Broad-winged Hawk #6


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I found this chap with his freshly caught meal last June out of Goshen, Massachusetts. I was camping at the D.A.R. State Park, staying under my canopy, as it was drizzling outside, watching the chipmunks scurrying around the camp site. All of a sudden there was a quick flash through the camp site that I caught just out of the corner of my eye and then there was a shrieking noise. When I payed closer attention to what was going on, I saw this Broad-winged Hawk with his wings spread out over the ground trying to contain a chipmunk he had caught. I grabbed my camera and tried to get a picture of him on the ground but he flew a short distance away to a dead broken tree. That’s were I got this picture of him that you see. I was not really sure as to what kind of hawk he was and later in the day I was talking to one of the Rangers who told me that they had a large population of the Broad-wings because of the plentiful chipmunk population.

For such a dreary day, I guess I was lucky enough just to get a hand full of images from this moment. Take what you can I guess when the opportunity is there.  I’m hopping to go back there some time this summer. I saw quit a bit of wildlife there that I don’t see here that much, manly the birds. They had quit a lot of different warblers that I love so much. I also saw my first wild moose but non of the picture I took of him really came out.

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