Wanda Krack  

Door Hawk by Wanda Krack

April 2021 - Door Hawk

About the Image(s)

A few years back, I heard a loud bang on my back porch and found a medium to large size hawk laying down in front of the storm door, on the floor. His eyes were closed, but he was breathing. I brought a little honey in a spoon and tried to get him to peck a little, but he was unresponsive. I put on gloves, and set him up on his feet, somewhat, he opened his eyes, they twirled around a little, and he spread his wings and flew a few yards to the backyard where I have perches for hanging the bird feeders. I found my camera, stood some distance away and took a bunch of pictures of him as he gradually seemed to be looking around and gaining in awareness. I felt like he was posing for the camera. After about 5 minutes, he took to wing and I didn't see him again. He had flown into my storm door, hard enough to knock himself out, but didn't break the glass!! This is the closest I've ever been to a hawk.

After that experience, I made sure the storm door had blue tape, or pictures or something taped to them to prevent birds from flying into it. I have since changed the style of door I have there and have had no problems since.

Title: Door Hawk
Camera Settings: F 5.3
ISO 800
1/250th Sec.
310 focal distance

4 comments posted

Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
What an experience! Good job nursing him back to health. The hawk is sharp and looking straight at the camera. Well done!   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:47:40
Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
Thanks Deborah. It was quite an experience and the bird wasn't small. His talons were deadly looking for sure, but what a magestic animal.   Posted: 04/10/2021 18:29:13

Kathy Brand   Kathy Brand
A great picture and great story. It's great that you took many pictures of him and this was the best definitely.   Posted: 04/13/2021 20:54:13

Steve Jacobs   Steve Jacobs
Great story I love the way the way the hawk is looking right at you, Has a look of what just happened and thank you for your help. Well Done   Posted: 04/14/2021 15:53:53


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