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Rufous and Henrietta Hawk

Chapter 8

First Glimpse of the Chicks

May 29

As I waited near the nest with my camera, neighbor Bob and his dog Marshall walked up. We watched together as Henrietta flew to the nest with a meal for the chicks. A soon as she reached the nest, we could see little heads thrusting upward, eager for food. I believe there are at least two chicks in the nest. Although I missed this photo op, I took picture after picture of Henrietta’s bottom, as she leaned into the nest to feed her babies. Then, irritated by the continued presence of the two human onlookers, she turned and gave us the eye.

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It's dinnertime! Henrietta's bottom Henrietta gives us the eye.

Then finally, she flew to the bare branch of a willow tree and perched there in full view, clearly a diversionary tactic.

May 30

Today was a typical Texas scorcher, although not as hot as it will get later in the summer. It was around 100 degrees when I took this photo of Henrietta, on guard beside the nest, panting to get a little relief from the heat. Henrietta on Guard

About 30 minutes later, we had a rain storm. I’m sure that cooled Mama Hawk down.

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