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I didnt know Hawks and Mockingbirds hated one another

 
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Jun 29, 2012 21:19 |  #1

These are the first pics i have post in months. I have not been shooting at all until today. Too many things goin on in life have prevented me from getting out to shoot. I am way out of practice. Also just got a new monitor and I am not sure about the calibration yet. it is a 120hz screen which is not great for editing but helps my eyes a lot im finding.

So I just moved and this area is over run by mockingbirds and there are a few RTH's that call this area home and they scream all day long(not kidding) I heard them going off this afternoon and went out and saw the hawk and mocking bird going at in arial combat. This is the only half way decent shot I got. I had to shoot into the sun sort of so the light sucked.

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Jun 29, 2012 21:46 |  #2

probably a territorial thing, nice shots




  
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Jun 29, 2012 21:53 |  #3

It's also the fear of a nest and egg thing... I often watch other birds do the same by following the hawk... Great action shots!!!


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Jun 29, 2012 23:53 |  #4

Around here you see the same scenario during nesting season, except it the RTHs vs. Crows. It's hard to tell which one is the one picking the fight.


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Jun 30, 2012 00:12 |  #5

For being out of practice, these look pretty damned good :). Glad to see you're back out shooting and posting!


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Jun 30, 2012 00:48 |  #6

Thanks guys, Ya the Mockingbirds were picking the fight for sure. The hawk was sitting in the tree at first and the mockingbirds were just dive bombing and the hawk was calling out to the others for help. Several time the hawks flew so low and close to me that i could not get focus or fit them in the frame at all. It was crazy how mad they were. 3 Hawks flying around. I have seen this before with Crows at my old place, and the Hawks never seem to fight back, they just try and fly away. I would think they could take a crow pretty easy with their talons let alone a little mockingbird.


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Jun 30, 2012 00:50 |  #7

Snydremark wrote in post #14651634 (external link)
For being out of practice, these look pretty damned good :). Glad to see you're back out shooting and posting!

thanks mark, ya I was not even looking at the meter most of the time so I was doing a lot of PP to these. I had a lot of OOF shots also. I have not been in the mood to shoot for awhile for a few reasons, and today I decided to go out and catch the activity.


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Jun 30, 2012 08:44 |  #8

Nice shots. I have seen mockingbirds gang up on crows.


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Jun 30, 2012 14:51 |  #9

Actually, hawks do like mockingbirds if there is nothing else to eat;)

Two nice shots here:D


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Jul 01, 2012 00:01 |  #10

Gary Fairhead wrote in post #14653479 (external link)
Actually, hawks do like mockingbirds if there is nothing else to eat;)

Two nice shots here:D

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Jul 01, 2012 17:02 |  #11

neat captures




  
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Jul 01, 2012 18:40 as a reply to  @ dgraham329's post |  #12

hey!
welcome back No Angle (sorry I cant recall your name)
those look good.
shooting into the sun is near impossible so you did well.



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Jul 02, 2012 03:18 |  #13

Great captures!
One day saw a hawk perched on a power pole with a moking bird repeated body slamming the hawk. The hawk just ignored him.


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Jul 02, 2012 06:50 |  #14

Wonderful action shots, I expect the mocking bird was doing a bit of next defensive mobbing and the hawk decided to have a go


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Jul 02, 2012 08:53 |  #15

beautiful capture and shots


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