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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hawk's Day


  1. Your second picture was just awesome! You can really feel the eyes of the predator. Please tell me that the animal remains aren't those of the little squirrel in the first picture! I know raptors need to eat - but that squirrel is so cute. I once had a coopers hawk that used to sit between my two large bird feeders and wait for the sparrows and finches to come to the feeders. Then the hawk would get lunch too! I think that animals are a whole lot more intelligent than we give them credit for. Have a good day.

  2. I agree - those eyes are incredible, especially knowing what they are capable of. Nice looking squirrel too. Do you know what the remains, dangling from the branch, are?

  3. Watching hawks always provides high drama, even if it is only over a piece of chicken! The red squirrel in the photo was quite safe, but there is always another day... Even though it is a long death for the goose in the attached video, it is a good death and "Einor" the gyrfalcon is a wonder of the natural world. That a 40oz bird would try to kill another bird the size of a Canada Goose, and then have the courage to finish what he started to live to dine - WOW, WOW, WOW. Not mine - but absolutely amazing footage.

  4. That was quite a video, Mark! A little hard to watch, but amazing none-the-less!

    Raptors are beautiful creatures, and I love to watch them. There are quite a large number of red-tailed hawks near my home.
    What fascinates me is when all the little birds gang up on the hawks to drive the predators away from the trees where their nests and babies are.

    It works both ways because we had a pair of swainson's hawks nesting in a pine tree very near the entrance of our elementary school, and those hawks took to dive-bombing our staff and kids trying to go into school. We actually had four staff members have to go to the emergency room - so people were going to and fro with sturdy umbrellas over their heads. Because they were endangered birds, we could not remove the nests or disturb the birds. I used to take my third graders out to carefully observe the baby hawk (once I established a safe distance, of course!). Birds are just wonderful animals to observe. Once the baby fledged, things returned to normal, the Department of Wildlife removed the nest, and no hawks returned to nest after that.

    Have a good day!

  5. First off, your header shot is great! I like what you did!
    We had a hawk 'down' a Mourning Dove in our yard was quite something to see. It was over in no time.
    I agree with Louise about that second shot! Look at those eyes staring at you!

  6. My fascination is with the technique you used to crate the header....really beautiful!