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Rufous Hawk

Chapter 11

Full Nest, Full Hawklet

June 6:

Another sunny day, and the hunting is good!

A Chick Too Full As soon as I set up the camera, I could see one young hawk standing proud and tall while Roxie fed his siblings. This one must already have a full crop!

Here is a video of the feeding. Can you see how full the hawklet's crop is as he lumbers away from the table?

This video shows Roxie finishing the feeding of the meal and climbing the support limb to her perch above the nest:

As soon as Roxie left the nest, the young hawks began to frolick about the nest, exercising their newly feathered wings. It would not surprise me to find one of them outside the nest later today.

Continue to Chapter 12: Branching!