Aug 10 2012

Taking A Dip

Published by at 7:00 am under Bird Behavior,Birds of Prey,Schenley Park

We’ve all seen robins splashing in water but how many of us have seen a hawk take a bath?

Last Saturday it was already hot when Gregg Diskin took a walk through Schenley Park with his camera.  Near Bartlett Playground he saw a hawk disappear under the bridge so he walked down the path to investigate.  There he found an immature red-tailed hawk taking a dip in the stream.

Bathing is a relatively vulnerable activity so we rarely see adult hawks doing it.  My hunch is that this bird was one of the two immature red-tails who starred in Monday’s blog.  He had almost no fear of people, felt right at home, and continued to bathe while Gregg snapped a series of pictures.

Click on the photo above for a slideshow of the red-tail’s bath.  At the end he has something to say to Gregg.

(photos by Gregg Diskin)

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2 Responses to “Taking A Dip”

  1. Sharonon 10 Aug 2012 at 8:10 am

    I think it’s saying … “A little privacy please!!!”

  2. Steve Valasekon 10 Aug 2012 at 10:19 am

    I saw an Osprey out here doing the same thing in a flooded yard. But I only had my phone on me, so the photos were really bad. But it was neat.

    (I’ve also found some burrowing owls right across the street from my house!)

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