Dropped the kids off at their mom’s tonight. Was sitting with her and our daughter in my Toyota Sienna, doing the usual co-parent scheduling, windows open, because it didn’t feel like Houston in June.
And the hawks started screeching.
I stuck my head out the window and looked up to see three hawks wheeling, cursing each other. Down came something fresh, like two golf balls spinning on an axis, a bloody mess of feathers and meat.
Glad it hit the grass and not the pavement. . .
And then this hungry beauty was there, closing one claw around the kill, balancing awkwardly on her other foot. I say “her,” but I don’t actually know.
She spread her wings almost immediately to shield the kill (or steal?) from prying eyes.
“Nothing to see here folks.”
I took a picture anyways, my 11-year-old passing me a phone as quick as you can say “raptor.”
And then it was gone, friends in hot pursuit.
It’s not the first time something like this has happened. About a year ago another bird dropped a one pound mullet (fish) in my lap. The mullet was still alive after falling a hundred feet or more, but the seagulls weren’t as gutsy as this hawk, or maybe they figured we’d cook it up ourselves.
Instead, we put the it back in the water. . . It didn’t float, but it didn’t exactly swim either. Oh well.
It’s a beautiful—and sometimes weird—world we live in.