2. May, 2015

The hunting game

Although known for their violent behaviour, there are many hawks that are quiet and gentle. This particular hawk, fearless and determined, displayed a confident attitude as it hunted above my head recently. Thankfully, I was too big a catch for him, but for the small birds and mammals in the sand dunes where I strolled, there were no particularly good places to hide. In broad daylight too!

      Even though he is not on the top of my most favourite bird list, I have to say, it was a magnificent sight to watch. After flapping his wings rapidly in the air, he used the momentum to glide gracefully and skilfully, above the sand dunes, searching for its prey. Thankfully, I did not witness the results of his hunger game.

       During mating time, the hawk (Accipiter gentilis) will fly with the female, up in the air where they mate before free falling back to earth. Together they build a nest, and together they maintain it and care for their young. Many of the hawk’s species are monogamous and will remain together for the rest of their lives.

Proverb: A hawk kills because it is his nature; a man because it is his pleasure.