Harris Hawk With Handler - click to enlarge

Harris Hawk With Handler

This is a Harris Hawk and his handler. Photographed at the Center For Birds Of Prey, outside Charleston, South Carolina.

Harris Hawk With Handler - click to enlarge
Harris Hawk With Handler – click to enlarge

It’s obvious why heavy falconer gloves are being worn.

Harris Hawk With Handler - click to enlarge
Harris Hawk With Handler – click to enlarge

Harris Hawks are native to the southwestern part of the US.

Harris Hawk With Handler - click to enlarge
Harris Hawk With Handler – click to enlarge

An unusual trait is for these birds to hunt in a pack and cooperate with each other.

Harris Hawk With Handler - click to enlarge
Harris Hawk With Handler – click to enlarge
Harris Hawk With Handler - click to enlarge
Harris Hawk With Handler – click to enlarge

They are intelligent and are one of the few hawks used in falconry.

Harris Hawk With Handler - click to enlarge
Harris Hawk With Handler – click to enlarge

I have shot this particular bird several times and he is one of my favorites.

He is not afraid of photographers, at all. I have seen him briefly land on a camera left sitting on a tripod. None of these ‘professional’ photographers got the shot. Everyone watched, open mouthed, and by the time we got our act together he flew off. Pretty funny.

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