© Brad Mangas

The Night Hawk. These prairie loving birds fill the skies of the Flint Hills and prairies during most of the summer months. Somewhat small compared to other hawks they can be spotted by there erratic flight pattern. Almost like they are trying to avoid hitting something as they are flying.

I was driving through the Flint Hills on a summers evening very slowly and just taking in the scenery when I spotted this guy (or gal) setting on this board that was attached to the wire strung across a gate opening. The left hand side of the picture is the post I tried to hide behind, and no I can’t hide behind a post. But this feathered friend let me slowly get within 30 or so feet and snap a couple of pictures before flying off.

They are really beautiful birds and always a pleasure to see out on the prairie and in the hills.