Waiting for the bus (…in the wild)

posted by Stefan Siebert / on December 22nd, 2010 / in Birds

A couple of days ago when waiting for the bus at Kennedy Plaza near Burnside Park in downtown Providence, I witnessed an episode of urban wild life. Luckily I had my camera at hand. While waiting at the bus stop I started looking into the trees and suddenly spotted a proud red-tailed hawk which just had caught a pigeon and was about to start its meal. I was not the only one who was amazed by the scene. While trying to find a good angle, I bumped into Peter Green, who was also on the hunt for good shots. As I learned, Peter devotes a great part of his free time to the hawks and falcons of the city. Beside the red-tailed these also include Cooper’s hawks and Peregrine Falcons, arguably the fasted animals on the planet, with speeds over 200 mph. If you want to see more of raptor life in Providence visit Peter’s website (or visit Burnside Park). I ended up missing my bus, and the next two as well, but I will definitely keep my eyes open the next time I am downtown.

Pictures by Stefan Siebert