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About two weeks ago right before my husband and I were going to leave for up north, we heard a commotion in our backyard. Lily (the big dog) was barking her fool head off and we ran out of the house to see what she was barking at. Imagine our surprise when we saw this beautiful Red-tail Hawk in the yard about 20 feet from the back deck!! He was in a stand-off with Lily and his feathers were puffed up incredibly huge as to make him appear larger than he really was. He was going to do whatever it took to keep her from his kill. His beak and eyes scared me but not Lily. My husband had to call her several times before she would back down. We put the dogs in the house immediately and then after the 'awe' factor started to go away, I got my wits about me and had my son run to the car to get my camera. The hawk could have cared less about me taking photos of him. He was too focused on eating his snake!! Isn't he magnificent?? I have always considered the Red-Tailed Hawk as my talisman of good luck and a gift from God. Whenever I have been worried about something a hawk appears either in the sky above my house, on my back deck right by my sliding glass doors, or sitting in a tree beside the road that I may be traveling upon. Having this one so close made my day and filled my heart with a calming warmth!!