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Mon, March 30

Winged predator hardware is pretty obvious

Talons ready... all species are equipped with natural abilities and gear so as to be able to provide for themselves; with my winged predator friends the hardware is pretty obvious ... nice sharp talons to sink into its prey and a very sharp beak to render it into smaller pieces. This guy was taking it pretty easy with one of his talons tucked up under his feathers ... cool.

Not so obvious is the incredible air to air capabilities of this Coopers Hawk ... they take their prey in flight and it can look like the most fierce aerial combat imaginable. So far I have not been able to successfully get a shot of it ... many try's though. We have five of them cruising the neighborhood now and soon they will be leaving as they have pretty well decimated the songbird population ... no food no reason to stay.

An article on the Slide Fire worth reading and watching the embedded video is at: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/07/box_and_burn_the_future_of_u_s_wildfire_policy.html enjoy it and thank you Josh.

A long day so need to put a wrap on it ... flew early morning, the Anderson family serviced the 95 van whilst I had a latte with John ... home ... friends over for a nice afternoon visit and then out to the Hilton for dinner and enjoy the music of Anthony Mazzella. A very good day.

Have a joyful day ... be glad the Coopers Hawk is not huge ... do not go to sleep and dream of very huge well equipped hawks :+) ... if you do, remember we are all part of the food chain and it is natural :+)

Cheers ... smiles

Ted

I bring but this one common thought, my life has wrought;

That from the dregs of drear despair, still everywhere

There is a joy I yet may sip - Tis comradeship

With all mankind, the high and low

I know.

Max Ehrmann

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