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gjtoth Nov 15, 2011 9:28 AM

Killer
 
This hawk made a kill on a female cardinal right in front of my face! Then, he carried it to a place on our front lawn until he was sure it was dead and flew off with it.

http://toths.us/Piwigo/upload/2011/1...5-c5aa8a2b.jpg

eharrim Nov 15, 2011 9:40 AM

Love the shot. The eye of the hawk is great. Feel bad for the cardinal but that is life.
Eric

gjtoth Nov 15, 2011 9:44 AM

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Originally Posted by eharrim (Post 1266484)
Love the shot. The eye of the hawk is great. Feel bad for the cardinal but that is life.
Eric

Thanks, Eric! I felt bad, too. But, it all happened so fast and, honestly, it's just the way of nature. If he wouldn't have made a kill here, he would have somewhere else. I just wish it had been a freakin' grackle! :D

Scouse Nov 15, 2011 11:32 AM

A guy has to eat...! Funny the way they look around while feeling with their "Toes" to make sure.

That is a well caught shot though Gary, excellent!


One day while on the computer, I was surprised by a dove slaming into my window right in front of me. He hit it twice then I saw why, as a hawk grabbed him before he could break in.
No Camara of course!!!

gjtoth Nov 15, 2011 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Scouse (Post 1266502)
A guy has to eat...! Funny the way they look around while feeling with their "Toes" to make sure.

That is a well caught shot though Gary, excellent!


One day while on the computer, I was surprised by a dove slaming into my window right in front of me. He hit it twice then I saw why, as a hawk grabbed him before he could break in.
No Camara of course!!!

Thanks, Ken. That's EXACTLY what happened with this cardinal. Of course, they were too close for the 50-200mm so I was lucky to get this one shot.

Lordje Nov 15, 2011 2:18 PM

Nice picture of this hawk, pitty for for the cardinal.
Hope this hawk doesn't stay in your area.

gjtoth Nov 15, 2011 2:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Lordje (Post 1266542)
Nice picture of this hawk, pitty for for the cardinal.
Hope this hawk doesn't stay in your area.

In a way, I hope he does. He keeps the grackles and starlings away and makes for some really good photo ops. :)

Steven R Nov 15, 2011 3:10 PM

That has to be a Cooper's Hawk. You certainly have a good selection of hawk species around your neighborhood.:eek:

spedangie Nov 15, 2011 8:03 PM

Oh I'm with you on the grackle! Sometimes we have had 50 of those suckers gobbling seed at our feeders. It is such a great illustration of the cycle of life that is the way of nature. I do admire hawks, such observant and determined creatures.

gjtoth Nov 15, 2011 8:29 PM

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Originally Posted by spedangie (Post 1266604)
Oh I'm with you on the grackle! Sometimes we have had 50 of those suckers gobbling seed at our feeders. It is such a great illustration of the cycle of life that is the way of nature. I do admire hawks, such observant and determined creatures.

When these guys come around the grackles stay away MOST of the time. They don't deter the other birds much if they're not in the immediate vicinity. But, I've seen these guys take out grackles right in front of me and it is a sight to "almost" behold. They are so fast and powerful that you'll be looking a grackle one second and puff of black feathers fluttering to the ground the next and sit there wondering, "What the heck was THAT!?".

http://toths.us/Piwigo/galleries/Bir...k/P4015163.JPG

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Originally Posted by Steven R (Post 1266560)
That has to be a Cooper's Hawk. You certainly have a good selection of hawk species around your neighborhood.:eek:

Yeah, I sure do, Steve. We have a big, open field with a copse of trees smack-dab in the middle that they love to hunt in. And, of course, they really like the feeding station. :D


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