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Old Mar 19, 2010, 7:24 PM   #1
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Default Owl / Hawk Confrontation

When I got to the Owls nest this morning both adults were in the trees near the nest and two chicks were in the nest. Suddenly a Red-shouldered Hawk appeared near the nest. One adult owl went to the nest, the other flew accross an opening to another group of trees. The Hawk followed the one that flew to the other trees and started diving at the Owl. The Owl went into a heavy cover part of the Cypress Tree and sat. The Hawk kept squaking at the Owl and flying to different prts of the Cypress Tree for over twenty minutes. The event ended in a stalemate with no actual contact. The Owl must be the one that was on the nest, not the one I have photographed. One eye of this Owl does not look good, all black.

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Old Mar 19, 2010, 7:59 PM   #2
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Wow...excellent story! Composition, clarity and color of #1 and 2# are great. Is there something wrong with the owl's one eye?
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Old Mar 19, 2010, 9:17 PM   #3
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Great documentation Ed!
Makes you wonder what could have happened to his eye, doesn't it.
Nice photos.

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Interesting story to go with the shots. I do wonder about the poor bird's eye.
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Old Mar 20, 2010, 8:34 AM   #5
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Great & dramatic photos - and great light for them too!
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Old Mar 20, 2010, 10:28 AM   #6
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Wow! I've never seen a mad owl. They are usually just sittin' in a tree.

Good capture.

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Amazing shots... amazing owl! Thanks
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Old Mar 20, 2010, 12:41 PM   #8
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Beautiful shots of an owl - esp. #1 & 2 ! I just love Owls - my favourite birds.
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Remarkable series, Thanks for sharing.

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Old Mar 20, 2010, 10:27 PM   #10
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Great series, I rarely see Owl's doing anything other than just sitting there during the day.

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