This hawk has been angry and battle worn for two days now. I posted it on Nature and Wildlife Pics and some of you may have seen the photos of the angry hawk. It was bothering me why I have seen it in the same location for days, still exhibiting the aggressive behavior.
I called one of our expert bird watchers to ask what I might be seeing.
It is now past breeding and nesting time for these birds so the mystery was deepened when I saw the second Red-tailed Hawk in the same vicinity. I thought they were adversaries since they were both calling aggressively. The one in the majority of these photos has obviously been in a battle with wing tips missing and holes cut through the feathers. You can see this more clearly clicking on the gallery images. It even looks like the lower beak might be injured.
The gentleman I asked said that possibly one of their young was injured and both parents were trying to keep me from finding it. I saw no nest in the area though. I heard no calls from the ground either. If any bird experts are reading, please let me know what you think. Also, see Angry Red-tailed Hawk on my other blog for additional photos of more aggressive behavior. I was stumped and I did watch the birds for a while for two days.
Click the gallery for much larger photos and to view them in clickable slide show format. All photos with a 300mm zoom lens.
Any ideas? The other bird in the early morning sun below.