By Mangesh Sangapu
The first time I saw this hawk, it was on my porch lunching on a gecko. I tried to save the gecko but the bird flew away with its meal.
I saw this bird a few times since, but it’s been too far away. I solved the distance problem by getting a Sigma 710mm, but I never expected to get such a close-up.
I was bird-watching from our back window and to my amazement, it came out of nowhere and landed on a tree close to our home. I hastily grabbed my camera and quietly opened the back door. I took this picture just as the hawk became aware of my presence. It flew away moments later.