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Old June 16th, 2007, 04:01 PM
marc olivares marc olivares is offline
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Hawk Rescue

hey gang

thought you might get a kick out of this.
this past weekend (sunday) i was doing a slot canyon in the Swell w/ some friends, when we happend upon a large bird trapped in the slot section of the drainage. After some careful consideration, we decided to go around the bird and leave the bird there to die as nature had entended. we then finish the canyon, grabbed some lunch and headed back to SLC. well, the next morning (monday), i decide to post up a "canyoneering ethical question" thread on our local canyoneering board to find out what others would have done in this same situation. well one thing lead to another and i ended up going back down into the swell to rescue the bird.

the return trip ended up being a success, as the bird (a red-tailed hawk), was still alive and we were able to remove it from the slot without further injury. when we returned we posted a follow up of our trip (here) with all the silly details of the trip.

hope you enjoy
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Old June 16th, 2007, 04:43 PM
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Old June 16th, 2007, 05:05 PM
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Nice job Marc, you got a pile of karma points for this one
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Old June 16th, 2007, 05:19 PM
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What a great story!!!! Thanks for sharing!
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Old June 16th, 2007, 06:27 PM
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Marc, you did the right thing. Enough raptors die every year because of our powerlines and vehicles and who knows what; it's not going to blow the balance of nature if we rescue one every once in a while.
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Old June 16th, 2007, 06:48 PM
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Old June 16th, 2007, 07:07 PM
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I love that second picture. The hawk is looking up at you as if saying "You're my hero!"
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Old June 16th, 2007, 07:44 PM
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thanks for the nice comments..

i have to be honest though,
that thing still scares the shit out of me
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Old June 16th, 2007, 08:18 PM
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I love that second picture. The hawk is looking up at you as if saying "You're my hero!"

I was going to make the same comment. The fact that you could handle the bird without gloves and that he didn't rip you apart really shows how grateful the hawk is. You definitely made the right decision. How long was the Hawk there from when you first saw it until you went back to rescue it?

Awesome story and a job well done!
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Old June 16th, 2007, 08:33 PM
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That is so cool. I wish I was out there for the rescue. Thanks for calling. LOL
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Old June 16th, 2007, 08:48 PM
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the animal rehabilitator seemed to think that based on the birds weight (or lack of) that it had been in the slot for about a week. she estimated that it had about a day or so left to live.
had we put it off until the weekend, the bird would have likely died.

for the record,
the bird was handed to me in such a way that gloves were not necessary. believe me when i say, the thing scared the shit out of me.

but i do have confidence in dealing w/ this type of situation, if it ever arises in the future.

oh steve, i called your salt lake # but you never picked up the phone ...

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Old June 16th, 2007, 10:11 PM
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oh steve, i called your salt lake # but you never picked up the phone ...


internet bitch slap
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Old June 17th, 2007, 09:20 AM
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internet bitch slap

Now there's a smiley we could use...
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Old June 17th, 2007, 09:46 AM
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oh steve, i called your salt lake # but you never picked up the phone ...


I can't believe nobody was home.
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Old June 18th, 2007, 08:46 AM
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Even made it into the newspaper...

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_6166752
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Old June 18th, 2007, 03:01 PM
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Very cool.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 07:09 AM
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Speaking of birds of prey...

This little guy and sometimes one of his friends has been hanging around the house.



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Old June 21st, 2007, 09:41 AM
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Speaking of birds of prey...

This little guy and sometimes one of his friends has been hanging around the house.

I think that's one of those Western Demonic Owls.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 11:14 AM
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Speaking of birds of prey...

This little guy and sometimes one of his friends has been hanging around the house.




He looks Pissed !

very cool
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Old June 21st, 2007, 12:22 PM
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at the bird rescuers shop, she had a bunch of little owls like the ones in your photo. she called them "Chickadee owls" but i doubt that's their scientific name ...lol

here a couple shots i got of them
cute little bastards
she said she would be releasing them in the moab area in mid july.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 12:49 PM
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They are cute. But noisy as hell! They wake me up at around 3am calling each other.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 12:54 PM
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You remember the white ones the night we camped during the "truck stop" shoot. Those two wouldn't shut up!
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Old June 21st, 2007, 12:58 PM
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Damn owls.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 01:06 PM
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You remember the white ones the night we camped during the "truck stop" shoot. Those two wouldn't shut up!

Don't you guys travel with shotguns?

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Old June 21st, 2007, 01:40 PM
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Both sets of owls look like young Western Screech Owls although the ones in Utah might be young Flammulated Owls, but I think they may be a bit too young as they are only in the states for the summers.

Western Screech:


Flammulated:

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