|Last june: all patched up. Photo via the Chattahoochee |
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|Last june: wing wound. Photo via the |
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The hawk was released at Medlock Park to the delight of a large group of neighborhood well-wishers. And what a show it was: the hawk launched without hesitation and with strong wingbeats took herself to a high perch on a pine tree. On the ground, the crowd cheered. Kathryn watched and waited for the bird to stick the landing and then she too was off the ground, jumping for joy.
|Magic trick: Months ago, in went a wounded hawk...|
Kathryn shared some additional tidbits. The hawk now sports a namesake red tail which means she is a mature two-year-old. A hawk like this has a grip strength of around 250 pounds per square inch (for comparison, a man's grip is in the 100 psi range). Kathryn said she could feel the squeeze and a talon did pierce the kevlar gloves she was wearing for protection, leaving a tiny pin prick. Because lady hawk was gone for a while, we may hear some arguments overhead as she reclaims her home turf from other resident hawks.
|And today, out came this beauty!|
|Rodents despair: big mama's home.|