I can't tell you how many hours were spent over 2 years photographing hawks and never once saw one eating prey until this day in Jan 2018 on a back country road in Nehalem, Oregon! I spent every day for a week watching its behavior and hoping to get lucky with a kill. I parked along the road and waited several hours as it moved along the telephone wire searching for prey below in the thick grass. I don't know if it was sheer luck or just the hours and hours of patience each day on my part, but it finally dove down into the thick grass full of thorns and barb wire not too far from where I was and finally made a kill that resulted in this image.
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