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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

I only passed out for 10 minutes after seeing this. Bless you Jim Havard – I’m giving you a PoP Pulitzer for these beauties!

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If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

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Thanks to Josh Gibson for going the extra mile to get these great closeups:

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On my way home from dropping my daughter off at the bus, I was walking up the stairs when I noticed a hawk perched on the fire escape across the courtyard.

The zoom on my iPhone wasn’t sufficient, so I ran to get my binoculars. But you can’t take photos with binoculars. However, necessity is the mother of invention, so…

Who knew that if you very carefully point the lens of the iPhone at the lens of the binoculars, and stand super-still, you get a mediocre, but waaaaay better than nothing, telephoto lens.

So, eat your heart out, Steve Jobs/John Audubon (or eat your prey’s heart out, hungry hawk), here are my awesome-despite-themselves photos. Some almost look like Impressionist paintings, no thanks to me…

PS: For the first five minutes or so, the hawk stood still, just rotating his/her head. Only then did s/he start eating the dead bird s/hehad been perched on all along.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Thanks to Caleb for sending:

“Besides our deck being covered in fur & blood, I do appreciate the hawks helping out with the rodent issue.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Photo by Lynn Hoverman

Lynn writes: “Two hawks circle over Connecticut Ave while the eagles of Taft Bridge keep an eye on them.”

and Ryan sends the shot below from Columbia Heights: “This guy exploded a pigeon in our backyard for lunch and left us the remainder… how thoughtful.”

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If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Thanks to John for sending: “Red-tailed hawk circling very close to the ground on Cathedral/Connecticut Aves NW.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Frederick Nunley writes:

“This hawk was dining on a small bird in our front yard a while back when my partner and I returned home from shopping. Not 15 feet from our front door it watched us unload and go inside then I returned and stood as close as possible to get some good shots with my camera. People were passing by not seeing it until we pointed it out. So they are all around if you take the time to look up and observe local wildlife birds especially. Directly across from Turkey Thicket Playground.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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This guy/gal gets photographed more than the Kardashians – Keep ’em coming!

Thanks to Stacey for sending this shot:

“The hawk is back on the roof of my building on Columbia between 14th and 15th.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Mindy sends the great shot above:

“A hawk near Upper Senate Park. A squirrel was taunting it. Unsuccessful in catching squirrel 2x.”

and more scavenger than bird of prey but Christina sends the shot below of a couple of Turkey Vultures chilling at 14th and S St, NW:

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If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Thanks to Emily for sending:

“Saw this Coopers Hawk in Meridian Hill Park on Sunday.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Dana writes:

“Spotted this hawk on a neighbor’s fence on my walk to the metro.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.