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Old Jun 19, 2005, 6:01 PM   #1
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When I went out birding today, I had the luck of watching this encounter. I'd seen hawks get mobed many times, but never seen them steal a chick.

I hope I don't offend anyone with this series, but it is the way of nature.










All were shots with the Canon 20D, 600mm f4, on a tripod. I dialed in -1 exposure comp to adjust for the effect of the sky on the metering (which helped a lot!)

Image processing is almost nothing. Slight contrast, crop, reduce, sharpen (a touch.)

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Old Jun 19, 2005, 6:11 PM   #2
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This is an incredible series of images. May I suggest you submit it somewhere?

If not, can you e-mail them to me, so that I claim they're mine and submit it myself?

I would throw in more complements, but I am at a loss for words.

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Old Jun 19, 2005, 6:43 PM   #3
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Excellent Eric, The only problem I have is he ate my favorite bird.:blah:

Congratulations on some fine captures. Steve
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Old Jun 19, 2005, 9:21 PM   #4
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AWESOME series, Eric.
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Old Jun 19, 2005, 9:40 PM   #5
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Nice job, eric, and I'm glad that you posted this rather than succumb to a more conservative view of posts. As you say, this is nature -- at it's worst or best is a matter of opinion, and I'd say that the hawk would choose the latter. Isay, letthings happen, record, and share, no matter what. This was a real neat moment and it's doubtful that any of us will ever experience something similar, soI appreciate yousharing it here with all of us. Cool stuff.
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Old Jun 20, 2005, 8:45 AM   #6
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I'm glad you all liked it as well.
I didn't get the actual eating shot... which some might find icky. I think they both have their squirm factors, just in different ways. I would probably have posted that too, but with a stronger warning.

This is certainly something I don't expect to catch on film again. You gotta be in the right place at the right time, and then be ready for it.

I have never seen a hawk mobed by so many birds.... wow. 15 or so orioles (Orchard and Northern) and a variety of other things.

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Old Jun 20, 2005, 10:29 AM   #7
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I will now make a serious statement. hard to belive but true...

There's no more crulty being done by this Hawk than the crulty that you or I use to go to the meat market. I would find it cruel if the Hawk was eating another Hawk...:lol:

In other words, these little birds have no relationship to him, except that they are birds. And when I enjoy a leg of lamb, probably Marys, is it my relative I'm eating?

I have to admit that I have sympathy for the little guys, it's a sad shot indeed of the baby being hauled up to be eaten. On the other hand, every Easter I have some of Mary's little...

One last thing, these Red Tailed Hawks don't eat little birds as a regular diet. This is probably a young Hawk who finds it very difficult to catch bunnies and rats...

Kid's hungary!

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Old Jun 20, 2005, 11:58 PM   #8
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Eric, fantastic series of shots!!!!!! The only thing i've seen close to this was a red tailed hawk swoop down into bushes and take off with a rabbit. wow!!!! just awesome shots!!!!

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Excellent series of wildlife in action! Predatory birds feeding is just a part of nature
and you have caught a very good sequence of that here.
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Old Jun 21, 2005, 8:52 AM   #10
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wonderful series of true to life shots, I like all the nature shots on these forums even if they do look a bit gruesome sometimes.:-)
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