Photo Friday: the hawk in the cemetery

On Saturday we visited Maple Hill Cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery in Alabama.   It was begun in 1818 when Leroy Pope sold two acres to the city.  Over the years the “burying-place” was officially named “Maple Hill,” and it has grown to just under one hundred acres in size.  It is a historical and quite beautiful place to visit.

PLEASE NOTE:  All photographs are clickable for a better/clearer view!


While driving out of the grounds I chanced to spy this fellow…

gorging himself on his catch of the day…


I thought him very photogenic…


and quite accommodating… 

although he did eventually grow tired of our intrusion on his dining experience, and grabbing his grub, he flew into the trees.


Note:  I am uncertain as to what kind of hawk this is, so I have sent a request for Bob of Texas Tweeties to help me ID him.  I will post his reply here when it comes.   🙂

UPDATE:  Bob believes it to be a Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk.  (See Comments below)  Thanks Bob!  🙂

19 thoughts on “Photo Friday: the hawk in the cemetery

    • pixilated2 says:

      Cindy, that is exactly how it goes! My camera was ready only because I had brought it with me to photo in the graveyard… I certainly never expected such a great opportunity as he (she?) provided!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Exactly! That’s why we (the three of us) were so amazed that he stood there and let us advance to within about 10 feet of him! Thanks for visiting Rich!

  1. pattisj says:

    Beautiful hawk! I don’t really like to see them visit my backyard (birdfeeders) but there is something about them that one can’t help being in awe of.

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