Sunday, December 23, 2012

KSU Hawk Invites a Squirrel for Dinner

(Last month) Walking down the sidewalk 20 minutes after closing time, i looked up and stopped dead in my tracks.
Slooowly took out the camera and watched for 10 minutes while this magnificent bird

ate a once magnificent furry warmblooded little crazy actin mammal. I'm still confirming exactly what kind of raptor it is, but pretty sure it is a Red Tailed Hawk. I have pics of these all over this blog. HERE is one at k-state, here a juvenile in the country. This one was HUGE and made me wonder if it was a golden eagle. But the markings do look like the hawk.

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here it is flying away as pedestrians approached. (right in the middle of the pic.)

A squirrel was chattering the whole time. You can hear it loud and clear on the video below.

here is a little video.

A story:

WICHITA, Kan. – The poacher of a golden eagle in Trego County, Kansas, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to killing the immature raptor in 2011.
Chad Irvin, of Lacrosse, Kan., pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act; was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and restitution of $3,000; placed on supervised probation for a period of three years during which time he may not hunt, fish or trap; required to complete 50 hours of community service; and ordered to forfeit the shotgun used to kill the eagle.
A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service special agent investigated the crime in conjunction with Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Natural Resource officers. The poacher killed the eagle with a 12-gauge shotgun, from a vehicle while hunting with family members.
Golden eagles are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The killing of any eagle constitutes a violation of those acts.
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