Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Harris hawk family flies above. My first 'urban' kestrel...Familia de Harris sobrevuela. Mi primer cernicalo 'urbano'




Harris hawk family flies above. My first 'urban' kestrel... 

great surprise in Mexico City sometime before the spring of 2016 was to watch a family of at least three Harris hawks soaring above or flying close by. Later I would see them perched, sometimes for more than 40 minutes, on nearby billboards and antennas, the larger hawks preferring the tops of cedar trees (of the very few that are left) to watch for possible prey. 
Not far from here, about a mile away, I spotted a pair of hawks and later found their nest atop a tall white cedar tree. Perhaps they were members of the same family I had been seeing. I recalled the sad consequences if the nest location is revealed. I took a few pictures but decided not to post any of them.
But what made me feel especially blessed was to watch a solitary kestrel that had been flying over the terrace where I was during the week and later perched atop one of the nearby cedar trees to eat its prey... a little bird I think.

(The pics aren't the greatest but I wasn't prepared for such a surprise visit)

Familia de Harris sobrevuela. Mi primer cernicalo 'urbano'...


Una muy grata sorpresa antes de la primavera de 2016 en la Ciudad de Mexico fue observar a una familia de por lo menos tres halcones o aguilillas Harris que sobrevolaba la terraza donde yo estaba. También los vi parados en los espectaculares o antenas cercanas, y los mas grandes observando desde la punta de los pocos cedros blancos que quedan. No muy lejos de aquí vi una pareja de Harris (posiblemente la misma familia) y después de observarlas y seguirlas un rato descubrí su nido en un cedro blanco muy alto. Me acorde de las tristes consecuencias cuando uno revela la ubicacion de un nido de rapaces. Le tome fotos pero decidi mejor no publicarlas.
Pero lo que me dio un gusto enorme fue ver a un cernícalo solitario que estuve viendo una semana antes volando sobre la terraza. Poco después me sorprendió parado en la punta de uno de los cedros más cercanos comiendo su presa...creo que un pajarito.

(las fotos no son las mejores pero no estaba preparada para tan sorpresiva y grandiosa visita)










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A Harris hawk family flies above. My first 'urban' kestrel...Familia de Harris sobrevuela. Mi primer cernicalo 'urbano'

Harris hawk family flies above. My first 'urban' kestrel...   A  great surprise in Mexico City sometime before the spring...