The day started out calm and beautiful. The surf was not up but the usual array of flora and fauna were around to watch as I sipped coffee and decided to drive up to the beach at La Manzanilla to see what the surf was like and visit some friends.
Upon returning, an event occurred that I have never experienced before. A grey hawk had almost drowned in the horse trough behind the house where Mariposa drinks frequently. My friend John on going to inspect that there was enough water for Mariposa the horse, saw a saturated hawk that was so waterlogged that it could not get out. He managed to get him out and brought him over by the house.
And then the adventure began. The hawk was totally docile at this point. Attempting to get water off of him did not help much. He shivered and just stood there, not moving. A few times he just fell over.
let John hold him. A few times when he spread his wings, he just fell backwards
It was quite a spectacular sight to watch a wild raptor be so docile. Then as it began to get stronger, John fed it some watermelon. It did not eat the pulp but did drink the juice.
Still I doubted it would fly off as it looked so sickly and acted that way. At one point, John walked away and the hawk jumped up on its feet and started to fly off. The leg tie was removed, but still
we doubted that it was strong enough to fly. After sitting and observing it for at least another thirty minutes, we got up to go into the house to fix dinner. We had no sooner turned our backs then the hawk took off and landed in a tree over at the edge of the property. We were astonished and thrilled at the flight and recovery of the grey hawk. Our very own National Geographic episode!