Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Harrier Hawk

Finishing up today with the Royal Ontario Museum. Coming out of the East Asia galleries, I found the source of the squawking that had caught my ear. It was a harrier hawk with his handler.


This striking looking fellow is named Linus. He's part of the education program at the ROM, and there were two handlers speaking with members of the public, while Linus was taking in the view, glaring about, and squawking.


It seems that he likes being the focus of attention, according to the handlers.


And he does make noise! When he's quiet, they said, you know he's up to something.


Perhaps world domination?


He certainly did have an audience at his beck and call, and he is a magnificent hawk.


22 comments:

  1. This is not what I was expecting to see... But then again I didn't really know what to expect! You're lucky to have caught Linus. Must have been an interesting talk.

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  2. Last time I saw hawker and hawk was in Cody, Wyoming. That's when I thought that I'd have adored that job.

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  3. They really are magnificent creatures.. This has been a super trip around ROM William, thanks :)

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  4. He is definitely a magnificent looking Hawk.

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  5. And he's giving everyone the near 360.

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  6. @Halcyon: it certainly was.

    @Ciel: I would have liked a job like that too.

    @Grace: you're most welcome!

    @Cindy: and he knows it!

    @Revrunner: it's amazing the way his head turns.

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  7. Wish I'd seen that. I have a gorgeous print of a Harrier Hawk but never seen one in the feathers (as it were).
    Jane x

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  8. What a beautiful bird . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  9. Such a magnificent hawk! (And he seems to know it....)

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  10. I'd prefer to see a falconry display in the open air.

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  11. He does look like he commands attention.

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  12. oh that's funny, just like a kid, when he's quiet he's up to something ;) he's beautiful!

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  13. @Jane and Chris: I've seen hawks before out in the wild, but this close up? Never.

    @Country Gal: thank you!

    @Norma: of course he knows it.

    @Gerald: I'd like to see that too.

    @Sharon: I suspect people can't help but be drawn in when they hear him!

    @Tanya: one of my cousins was like that as a child. My aunt said that if you didn't hear him, you'd have to go see what trouble he was into.

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  14. How great museums go in for things like this! One more way to draw in the kids...in all of us!

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  15. A gorgeous hawk, seems very docile.

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  16. He looks to be in great condition!

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  17. What a magnificent bird ! Don't see 'em up close very often.

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  18. I have seen a few hawks when being shown by handlers and agree that they are magnificent close up.

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  19. @Cheryl: it's an ideal method.

    @MB: they're interesting critters.

    @Karl: I think he's quite accustomed to people.

    @RedPat: I'd say they take good care of him.

    @Stuart: no, so this was a good opportunity.

    @Beatrice: it's a good way to get to understand the animals.

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  20. You have seen lots of interesting things lately. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I would have loved to have been there. I have only seen harriers in the distance.

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