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This is the first page of a three page AMIstory: This Broad-winged Hawk photo was taken at a small lake near the Palma Sola Bay. The Green Water Snake was still struggling. It made me think about Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf, obligatory reading for my generation. Although I did not know it at the time, Hermine, a character in Steppenwolf, said something that has become part of my birding thought process: “How absurd these words are, such as beast and beast of prey. One should not speak of animals in that way. They may be terrible sometimes, but they’re much more right than men… They’re never in any embarrassment. They always know what to do and how to behave themselves. They don’t flatter and they don’t intrude. They don’t pretend. They are as they are, like stones or flowers or stars in the sky.” – Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf.

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Birds of Prey 1
Reflections on Steppenwolf & Hermine

I found this bird at bayside lake
Feasting on a Green Water Snake;
It looked at me and seemed to say,
“Don’t judge me I’m a bird of prey.”
Then Steppenwolf came to my head,
And I recalled what Hermine said.
To call them beasts is most absurd;
I’ll photograph this noble bird.

Broad-winged Hawk – Buteo platypterus with Nerodia cyclopion floridana

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Page for This Bird

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