KNOX MOUNTAIN HILLCLIMB 2011 – Red tail hawk gets marmot(cc)


OK so I don’t know if it’s just that we’re lucky
or we’re just at the right place at the right time Or maybe it’s just that we’re at one with the
environment, observing everything all-around us. Not just focusing on 1 narrow little beam of happenings But here we are today at Knox mountain Kelowna,
watching the Hill Climb. Cars racing by, racing by. And out of the corner of my eye, I catch this
crow sitting on the fence post. And I’m going that’s a bit unusual because he’s really close to
me so what’s going on here? I get the camera on him. He flies down scares
up a red tailed hawk & the red tailed hawk just caught a yellow-bellied marmot. and the hawk is flying off with this marmot. Then he flies to another part of their hillside
lands there. He’s not getting it. I’m focused in on him watching him And then he takes off again with his marmot Now in my estimation a hawk’s got to weight probably five, six, seven pounds maybe. I don’t know.
I’ve have never weighed one. But around there. And those marmots are not
little by anyone’s imagination. They could be probably running about three four pounds maybe as much as a cat-
eight six nine pounds – I don’t know But it’s pretty big & I’m thinking holy smokes
like that marmot must have not even felt anything when that hawk came down a smacked it.
anyway It was just one of those crazy things that you just
never know what you’re going to see when you’re out filming with a camera. Once again, less than a week after we filmed the eagle
getting the fish off the lakes so It’s a bizarre world.