How to Tell a Hawk from a Handsaw
I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.
Hamlet, Act II, scene ii
But Hamlet, dear, this is easy.
More difficult in low light and at a distance is to know a hawk from a handbag, or more specifically, a plastic grocery bag.
Many is the perched hawk I’ve seen that, upon closer approach, has resolved itself not into a dew, but into plastic caught in a branch. (Click each photo to enlarge.)
More rarely the process reverses, and a plastic bag metamorphoses into a hawk, and flies.
These metamorphoses from animate to inanimate, from hawk to handbag, and back again, are among the peculiar pleasures of watching urban birds.Explore posts in the same categories: 2014, Art and Literature, Birds, Hawks, In the City, Wildlife/Natural History comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.