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Friday Field Foto #38: Hawk in Patagonia

January 11, 2008

Not all my photographs from doing geological field work are of rocks or scenery. A consequence of doing field work in remote areas is encountering wildlife (ideally, not as prey).

A few years ago, I was in Patagonia looking at some Cretaceous turbidites and we stopped to take a little break when we got to the top of a ridge. The weather was decent (for once) and it was a beautiful view, so we sat there and enjoyed some lunch. After about 20 minutes a hawk landed on the relatively narrow ridge we were sitting on … maybe 10-15 meters away from us.

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It just sat there for 10-15 minutes … long enough for me to put the big zoom lens on the camera and get a good photograph. I don’t think we were near its nest or anything — it was neither aggressive nor defensive … it actually seemed quite indifferent. We were so mesmerized watching it, we couldn’t get up and get back to work until it flew off. Unfortunately, it flew off soon after I snapped this photo so we started working again.

Click here to see more photographs of wildlife (mostly from Patagonia). Click here to see all Friday Field Fotos.

Happy Friday!

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  1. January 11, 2008 2:59 pm

    Hi Brian, thanks for your nice welcome, your spanish looks better; my english is not so goog, but I try. I read your blog, congratulations for your dissertation, I hope, for October or November, I will be dissertate my thesis. I will try to make english/spanish comments, I need improve my english. Well again thanks for your welcome. And keep in touch.
    LC

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