That’s One Big Bird of Prey!
Immediately after parking the car, I saw the largest hawk that I have ever seen. It was sitting near the top of a tall, dead tree on the edge of a forested area. The hawk was obviously looking over the open field below and paid no attention to me alternately looking at him through binoculars and a camera.
My son and I walked today at the Hickory Creek Preserve of the Will County Forest Preserve in Mokena, Illinois. This part of the preserve has an open rolling prairie near the main parking lot surrounded by thick forested areas. The main trail runs right through both the prairie and the forest.
We headed first back towards the entrance to the preserve. While walking, we had a deer cross directly in front of us and then watch us closely from the woods along the trail. Once we had a look around, we turned back towards the parking lot again, to head deeper into the preserve.
I noticed that the hawk had left his perch in the tree. He was in the field near the trail! As we walked up, he flew off. He seemed even bigger as he took off!
After we walked across the field and through the woods and back, I noticed that the hawk was back at his perch surveying the field as we got into the car.
Good day, good walk!