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Old Jan 17, 2014, 10:16 AM   #1
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Bob, our resident Cooper's hawk, made a kill on a mourning dove this morning. While I wasn't quite quick enough to catch the kill, I did capture the evidence. If you look closely, you'll see his wings, where the dove was, and where his talons closed around the dove. It was all VERY fast!

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Good picture of the imprint of the feathers.

I've seen the aftermath of a similar 'death dive'. Couple of years ago I came across a depression with similar feather imprints. A Great Horned Owl had dived into deep snow to get it's meal....in this case a wild rabbit.

I had my camera...but for some reason didn't take a picture. Dang.
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Good picture of the imprint of the feathers.

I've seen the aftermath of a similar 'death dive'. Couple of years ago I came across a depression with similar feather imprints. A Great Horned Owl had dived into deep snow to get it's meal....in this case a wild rabbit.

I had my camera...but for some reason didn't take a picture. Dang.
It all happens so fast that, unless you're expecting, it sort of startles you and mesmerizes you into watching the action instead of snapping off some frames.
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It all happens so fast that, unless you're expecting, it sort of startles you and mesmerizes you into watching the action instead of snapping off some frames.
I can relate to that! One morning I was in my front yard taking macros, so I had a camera around my neck and a 100mm lens on it. I looked up to see a coyote loping through my next door neighbor's yard with something large and black in its mouth. I stood there trying to figure out if it were a cat or a dog, didn't even think about taking a picture until long after it was gone!
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I can relate to that! One morning I was in my front yard taking macros, so I had a camera around my neck and a 100mm lens on it. I looked up to see a coyote loping through my next door neighbor's yard with something large and black in its mouth. I stood there trying to figure out if it were a cat or a dog, didn't even think about taking a picture until long after it was gone!
Heheheh... yeah, funny thing here was there were no less than THREE cameras readily available, all within arms reach!
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Neat story and image, I think we have all been there
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