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Rufous and Henrietta Hawk

Chapter 13

Meet the Buccaneers

June 4: Tiny Buccaneers

Every day we see the little hawks in the nest. At front and center, almost always perched where he can see and be seen is a bold one that I have named Captain Jack Sparrow. To Cap'n Jack's right (our left in the photo) is Matey, who is always there by Cap'n Jack's side but remains hidden except for the top of her head.

Capn Jack and Matey

On the far side of the nest, I finally found William Tell, and got a good picture of him.

William Tell

Looking closely at the far side view, I am not 100% certain there's not a fourth nestling in this small band of buccaneers.

The Far Side of the Nest

About an hour later, I went out to take another look at the little hawks, and found them moving around and flapping their wings. Watch closely, and you'll see all three: Cap'n Jack in the middle, Matey flapping her wings on the left, and at the end of the video, Will gives us a wing-wave from the right.

Continue to Chapter 14: A Period of Rapid Growth