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Science of the Circus Symphony birding!

That subject title needs a lot of explanation :)


I had gone to see the Science of the Circus, organized by Academy of Science, St.Louis, at the Centene Hall. I went up to the 4th floor, and went out to the terrace to look at the view. My attention was caught by an obvious raptor shape in the sky.

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It was a Red-tailed Hawk (if I see a bird often enough, even I can recognize it!)...and I watched as it flew in widening circles.

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As it passed high overhead, I kept clicking.

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The next time it passed overhead, it went into dive mode...and swooped like a screaming bomber. However, it seemed to miss whatever prey it was going for.


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The bird braked, and flew up to land on this pole.

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From the pole, it looked down.


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As I looked on, it flew off. I saw it again in the sky, being mobbbed by Robins and Starlings.

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The other birds feared for themselves, and mobbed the Red-tailed Hawk.


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The Red-tailed Hawk being mobbed by other birds.

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I finished attending the event, and came to the bus stop to take the bus home. I looked at the majesty of the Powell Hall ( home of St.Louis Symphony Orchestra)...and lo and behold, the bird came to land there!

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The Red-tailed Hawk landed on the side of Powell Hall, and looked around...there was going to be no lunch symphony.

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I was riveted by it, and glad of the high zoom on my camera! The Red-tailed Hawk ruffled its feathers.

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The bird seemed in keeping with the majesty of both the building and the music created inside it!


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It was by sheer coincidence that I spotted the prey, too, lying dead on the sidewalk...this dead Robin.

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The Hawk then flew off, and my bus arrived... so ....now you know why I call it the Science of the Circus Symphony birding!


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Tags: bird of prey, birding, education, photography, predator, st louis, weekend
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