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Saturday, July 2, 2011

A visitor

A reader in downtown Portland saw this out his office window late Wednesday afternoon:

The reader writes: It was squawking (looking upwards) and startled me greatly in a very good manner. I enjoyed the wake-up, the challenge, and the metaphor.

Comments (17)

Is it a fledgling Bald Eagle?

Awesome eyes: an apt symbol of power.

This is life imitating art - in this case a great painting. It makes you wonder why painters don't add the reflective light off window panes in more of their work. What an awesome shot. I'd get a copyright - this photograph is valuable.

It's a red-tail hawk buteo.

I'd get a copyright - this photograph is valuable.


The reflexive, anti-corporate side takes an own goal.

What's it gonna be, Billy?

Art or Kommerce?

Just sorta kiddin' - I agree witcha.

I was going to make a reference to Adm. Randy's visage when a starling alit on my mainsail and I saw the unmistakable resemblance.

It's turkey vultures that remind me of the Firelad....

At least its not a vulture.


I saw your post after posting mine.

Great minds...

It's turkey vultures that remind me of the Firelad....


'tis true the baby vulture shares a wee bit with the bairn Randolph (o'course Charles be the true name). Still, the vulture is a beastie most vast and indomitable - yer Randy can only peck at the edges of such a thing. The starling is more akin to the truth of the poor laddie - brave in numbers, yet wary and quick to scurry when on his own and faced with a threat.

Off to spend more time with his family, eh?

Which, I wonders?

That is an awesome picture!

You'd hate to lose that light quality that makes this look like a painting, but I'd recommend running it through an iPhoto application just to bring a little more sharpness, etc.. to the face of the bird. I just tried it and the expression on the bird jumps out at you. It's like the bird is judging humanity and it's definitely not impressed. Brilliant pic. The shot of a lifetime.
I was at the Devil's Punchbowl and these pelicans were flying into the wind so they were basically stopped in mid-air. I got my best picture ever of one and it ran on the Stumptown Blogger site.
But that was just a nature shot. This picture here is DEEP.

now if we only could get vultures to land on specific windowsills! heh heh
This photo is fabulous! What a catch!

In the Metro section of today's O, there is a story about a hawk in Pendleton who dive bombs bicyclists in an apparent effort to protect its young.

Dorys Grover, a local historian and writer, is quoted as saying she takes mice her cat kills and puts them on a fence post for the hawk family.

That is a beautiful picture.

Is that anywhere around City Hall? Birds of prey perch only where vermin are nearby.

It looks like one of the red tail hawk fledglings, probably from one of the nests in downtown Portland.

Priscilla, it looks a bit large to be a fledgling. Judging its size compared to the bricks beneath it, I'd say it's a mature female.

Moments ago, I saw a male red-tail out my office window, in my backyard, on the edge of Irvington and Grant Park north of Broadway. There's also a larger female that sometimes visits - I assume they're mates that nest somewhere nearby. My wife and I sometimes see them when walking in the neighborhood.

Last year we got to watch the female take a bath in our backyard pond. :) Unfortunately my pictures weren't nearly as good as the one here.

I really should finish my morning coffee before writing. The neighborhood hawks are Cooper's, not Red-Tails. Doh!

I still think the Red-Tail above is a female. I estimate it to be 22" long, which is average for a female, and about as long as the males get.

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