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Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawk in Los Olivos
updated: Jan 06, 2014, 8:07 AM

By Denise Dewire

My husband and I took a drive to Los Olivos. We were on Figueroa Mountain road when I saw three Magpies on the shoulder of the road and then saw a Red-tailed hawk. We pulled over (they were on the other side) and I was able to get out the passenger side quietly and watched for a few minutes while taking some pictures. For some reason I looked over across the field and saw the two white golf balls in the trees (that is what they told us to look for when we were in Alaska looking for the Bald Eagles) and couldn't believe it!!

You see the RT Hawk look over his shoulders and then proceeds to fly off….. well here come the two Eagles after him! One flew over to where the Hawk had landed and thought he would try and get his lunch but the Hawk flew off. I can't really tell if he still had his prey in his talons, but I think so because he flew one way and the Eagle flew the other way. There were at least three other hawks flying above the area with the two Bald Eagles and everybody was making noise!

Even though they were pretty far away, I am happy I got these shots and we got to see all of them in action! You can also get an idea of how much larger those Eagles are compared to the Hawk!

Really was amazing to watch and witness these awesome creatures!

(For those wondering camera info - Canon 7D; 300mm lens with Kenko 1.4 TC = 420mm; shot in Aperture Priority Mode, flying birds I switched to AI Servo as opposed to One Shot for static bird)

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