Originally uploaded by aghrivaine
This red-tailed hawk landed on the sill outside the boss' office at work. He just hung out there for quite a while - long enough for my boss to send an email for everyone to come take a look.
The window is a one-way mirror, so the hawk had no idea we were on the other side, gawking at him. He (or she, really) is part of a pair that live at the Howard Hughes Center (where i work) that prey on the local pigeons and squirrels. We sometimes see them turning in a thermal to get height, level with us on the 13th floor. But this is certainly the closest they've ever come. In fact, aside from some notorious incidents like The Armadillo Incident, it's as close to a wild animal as I've been. At least, without some sort of panic being involved.
It's hard to tell in this photo, but a bit clearer in this one that his talons are truly wicked looking - long and needle-sharp.
He stood there for quite a while, and I got right up next to him, staring right into his brown eyes, and all without him even knowing it. He's about the size of a cat on the smallish side, very close to Dummy's size, in fact.
Later, my boss posted some pictures he took, one of which featured him flapping his wings when a passing car honked and startled him. I am quite glad I'm not a pigeon or a squirrel.