Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) first year
Hendrix Creek, Brooklyn, NY, Winter, 2013
At the end I can see the rabbit but the hawk can not. The rabbit is more capable than I thought. It had evaded a formidable and hungry predator.
The Red-tail hawk preened, shook her feathers out, scanned the area, looking for the rabbit for a few minutes (listening for it too I'm sure). Finally she takes a good look at me. I'm sure she wanted a meal before darkness and flew off across the stinking creek over the factory roofs. The rabbit hadn't moved for a long time and behaved as if it knew that staying alive depended on it. I had been so sure that the rabbit was finished.
It was very difficult not to want the hawk to lose.