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Old Jul 13, 2008, 12:39 PM   #1
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Yesterday afternoon I was cooling off in the pool (it was 97 degrees!) and I noticed a large bird fly over and land on a phone pole. I saw it was a hawk and jumped out of the pool and grabbed my camera. As I was taking pictures, this mockingbird was giving the poor hawk all kinds of hell, swooping and pecking at him.
The hawk barely even seemed to notice or care. After a while the hawk had enough and flew off.
It wasn't until I got the pictures dumped to the computer that I noticed that the hawk had something hanging from his talons and realized it was a dead squirrel!
I found this one shot that I though captured it all pretty well.

It's not technically a very good photograph but with a bit of PP I managed to get it looking alright. Had to clone out some telephone wires (I hate wires!) and such as well.

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Old Jul 13, 2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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That is a great action shot of the Mockingbird pecking the Hawk.

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Old Jul 13, 2008, 1:22 PM   #3
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It may not be technically good but it is a great capture. I have frequently seen smaller birds harassing larger ones, but never caught it like this.

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Old Jul 13, 2008, 3:12 PM   #4
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It's not technically a very good photograph but with a bit of PP I managed to get it looking alright. Had to clone out some telephone wires (I hate wires!) and such as well.

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Congrat for the timely shot. I can never make it. I can only lust a lens like A600mm in this situation (Kjell has one and he left it at home to go to Africa)


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Old Jul 13, 2008, 6:30 PM   #5
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Wonderful shot! Mockingbirds seem to be fearless and willing to peck anything, including cats. I watch a blue jay (think it was a Stellars) harrass a much larger raven trying to get it to move, but the raven just ignored it. It did finally leave, but not for about 5-10 minutes. Your picture is fascinating.
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Old Jul 14, 2008, 5:35 AM   #6
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Well taken capture .
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Old Jul 14, 2008, 11:03 PM   #7
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Thanks for the nice comments, everyone.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
Sometimes it's more important to be lucky than to be good. :G
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That's one wild and crazy mockingbird. I wonder how long he'll survive if he keeps attacking bigger birds! :-)

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Old Jul 15, 2008, 8:05 PM   #9
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I think this is the same mockingbird that harasses my cat and, for some reason, has been up at odd hours of the night singing like crazy.
I actually had to go out last night and shake the tree he was in to get him to fly away and shut up... at 1:30 in the morning!

Kind of makes me wish that hawk had taken a swipe at him. :ak47:
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