Listen to the BirdNote Daily about sculptor and musician Walter Kitundu's special relationship with Patch, the Red-tailed Hawk.
Sculptor and musician Walter Kitundu first became enraptured by birds in 2005 when a Red-tailed Hawk flew four feet above his head. He named the bird Patch, after the white patch on the back of her head, and kept returning to the park to see her. Patch became used to Walter, accepting him as part of the landscape. He documented her transition from juvenile to adult, learning her quirks and mannerisms. Browse the photos of Patch, below!
We sat there together on the ground for about a minute until somebody else walked by and it flew away. And that was such an exhilarating moment that probably for the next six to seven months I was at that park, three to four days a week, following this particular Red-tail.
…I kind of realize part of the world is as it should be and things are going to be okay. So there is a kind of comfort that I receive whenever I see a Red-tailed Hawk.
All photos and quotes are by Walter Kitundu.