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Not sure what time you went to Eagle Bluffs, but I saw the swans around 
11:00 yesterday morning. They were on the pond, which is down the road 
across the main road from the pump house. If you drive down that road, then 
take a right, you will see the pond, and hopefully the swans, on the left.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark A. Gutchen" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2008 8:12 AM
Subject: Eagle bluffs - No swans


>I went to eagle bluffs yesterday afternoon looking for swans. Unfortunately 
>Idid not see any, even behind the pump house where they had been spotted 
>the last few days.
>
> On the way to Eagle Bluffs I had a wonderful encounter with a Red 
> Shouldered Hawk. I first saw the hawk sitting in a tree about 20 feet up 
> as I was driving. I turned around and came back slowly, so as not to 
> disturb it so I could take its picture.  I got some nice pix. As the bird 
> did not seem very spooky I got out of the car to get a better angle. It 
> watched me, but did not move, except for dooing some preening. I took a 
> few steps closer and took some more pix. More preening and looking at me. 
> Long story short- I managed to get within 30 feet of the bird before she 
> seemed to get concerned. Then she flew to another branch a couple of dozen 
> yards away. I slowly approached her again. Her biggest reaction was to 
> turn her back to me and continue hunting, with an occasional glance over 
> her shoulder to make certain I was not a threat. We spent about half hour 
> watching each other before we went our separate ways.
>
> I was worried that the bird was not well because she let me approach so 
> close. But she appeared healthy, had immaculate plumage and had no problem 
> flying. This was my closest encounter with a wild hawk. It was amazing. 
> She seemed to know that Iwas not a threat, and I got some really good 
> photos.
>
> Mark Gutchen
> Columbia, MO
>
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