Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The Eye of a Hawk


I’ve just finished reading H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, it packs a powerful punch; its language is beautiful,poetic; its observations of nature, life and death, are heart achingly observed.

It may be  of course that it caught my  interest and emotions on two counts,  there is a powerful story of loss bereavement in the book, and I  also had the privilege to meet a glorious goshawk called Mo a few weeks ago.


We met at a party, as you do.  She is only young, but look at the power in those talons!


It was Mr uphilldowndales uncles 90th birthday celebration so Mo was probably  a more appropriate star turn than a children’s magician of a kiss-o-gram.

She stay’s (to use the scots phrase, as I don’t think she could belong to anyone) with Mr UHDD’s cousin.  I got to hold her, which was a treat, she did that gimbal /snake head manoeuvre, where her whole body could be moved, up and down or from side to side on my arm, but her head, or more importantly her eyes, never moved, not a fraction of an inch

Mo 2 

For Christmas I was given a remote video camera, a  Bushnell Trophy Cam (lucky girl ehh?) The website appears to be into a different sort of ‘shoot’ and ‘capture’ than I have in mind, but here, see, have a look at what can be done (when I’ve sussed it out!)

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “The Eye of a Hawk

  1. The Hawk is beautiful. We have just picked our trail cam up from the woods and this time we do get Wild Boar but only three of them walking past, quite fleeting but it is enough to encourage us. Also lots of Deer footage. I will probably post them tomorrow. Trail cams add a lot if you can go out on a walk and pick up your card at the same time, it is exciting to come home with 75 videos to look at but be prepared for frustrations. I am looking forward to seeing what you get 🙂

  2. A most enjoyable post, and wonderful photos. Raptors are magnificent birds, especially when seen close up like that. xx

  3. I have been tempted by one of these cams but I fear that I will never have the patience to find the best place to put it so I have held back. I hope you enjoy yours.

  4. I heard about the book some time ago and then forgot about it, so thank you for reminding me, I’ll write it down this time. I adore the hawk.

  5. What a glorious creature! Lucky you to get to hold her.

  6. What a stunning bird ~ and how amazing it must have been to be so close. Terrific idea for a 90th birthday celebration. Looking forward to seeing the results of your new Bushnell Trophy Cam – you are fortunate, indeed! Who knows what you’ll find wandering around ….

  7. You go to much better parties than we do. I might even get the other half to go gladly if there was likely to be a goshawk there. (I gave him H is for Hawk for Christmas but then had to pinch it back as I had run out of books to read. Devoured it almost whole. Brilliant book)

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