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Lady Hawke by Keithspangle  Over on my other DA page( Keithsannoyingphotos ) I have been posting pictures of this Cooper's Hawk.  She showed up in December , posed for a photo, and a fellow deviant pointed out that she was wearing a leg band.  Later in January she began hanging out on the back porch like a lost kitten.  I was able to get close-up photos of her band and read the numbers on it...this allowed my to trace her to The Wildlife Center in Espanola(about 20 miles north of here).  
     As it happens she was rescued by them last summer...apparently she was found on the ground as a fledgling with her parents nowhere in sight.  They took her in, took care of her, then released her in August.  Normally that would have been the end of it: they rarely hear back about any of their released animals.  I have been sending them pictures of her along with observations about how she is faring.  
     I understand that the attrition rate among fledgling hawks is about 80-90%...I hope she is one of the 10% that survives.
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IvareEnimEuge Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Ohh what a gorgeous lady! She will survive, I'm positive!
And now I'm stalking your other account too... :-)
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have not seen her for three days now.  I think that the crows, who are nesting across the street, may have chased her away.  I hope she can sneak back once in a while for breakfast.
Thank you for watching my other account.  The hummingbirds are starting to arrive, so I will have lots of photos to share soon
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keight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
:D I was correct about your choice of name/title. Best wishes for her rehabilitation.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She just needs time to be able to learn  better hunting skills.  I think by late Spring she will no longer need my help.
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keight Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Yeah, gaining confidence, and really remembering the lessons her parents taught her is the key.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Problem is, she is an orphan, so I'm not sure what, if anything, she managed to learn from then.  When she first started hanging around on the back porch she acted as if she learned to hunt by reading a book  on the subject that was written by a cat.  I think she was pretty close to starvation.  She used to be constantly on the back porch; now I only see her for a few minutes every morning.  Her coordination is good: she can perch on a telephone line, then dive, grab a moving mouse off the ground and ascend to a tree branch, all in one move.  She really needs to work on her concealment skills: perching in the open on a fence post fools no one...but I think she is learning that lesson as well.
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keight Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Sounds as though she's learning well.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope so! :fingerscrossed:
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
*starts following your other account*
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hope you like it...I tend to post more stuff there.
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KendleRJ Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Now that makes me think of that movie with Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick, where his name was Mouse, and he called Isabeau, Ladyhawke.  I can assure you that Mouse wouldn't approve of being fed to her either, but to provide support and care for such a beautiful creature, I'm sure he would make an exception.  It's a lovely thing that she has found an extended family in you. :)  Beautiful pictures.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Caught! Yep, I stole the name from the movie.  :)  I had completely forgotten Matthew Broderick's name in the move...now it seems completely appropriate.  
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
What an interesting story.  I also hope she survives:)
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)  I am giving her an occasional mouse to tide her over until she can master her hunting skills.  When she first appeared on the porch she was chasing mice around the planters and flower pots like a cat...and not having much luck.
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I love that you're a good samaritan:heart:
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow:  The mice would have a different opinion. :)
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