Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Ravens and the Hawk

On our hike the other day, I heard a noise from above and saw a raven chasing a hawk.


I wanted to look and take pictures at the same time, not an easy task to say the least.




I had no idea if I captured anything, so I was pleased with a few images.


When they flew off toward the sun, I put my camera down and just looked.




While I was looking, I saw another raven coming from the north at a great speed. I took some wild shots and, with some luck, captured the hawk as it decided to take a dive and get out of there. Not the greatest picture, I know, but I really couldn't see a thing as I pointed and shot. In my imagination, I wanted to believe that raven number two came to help raven number one. But knowing these opportunistic birds as I now do, I am sure he came so fast because the hawk had something he also wanted. A mouse, perhaps?

22 comments:

  1. Looks like they put on a show for you! :-)

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  2. Great pictures... and especially since you weren't really able to see them that well. That hike sounded like so much fun. What a wonderful way to spend your anniversary!

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  3. Yeah, probably trying to steal lunch instead of protect their territory. :)

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  4. Great shots, nice catch of bird life! Thanks, Inger!

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  5. That poor hawk! And you are right, Ravens group together. They usually do this when they are nesting to protect their fledglings from predators - Ravens in a gang are merciless; they exhausted the bird they are chasing by taking turns "running" them down...!

    You did good in getting those shots - I'd be too busy gawking to take photos lol!

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  6. I think it's Ma and Pa, keeping the hawk away from their nesting area. It's too early for eggs here, but, maybe not there? If it's too early there, maybe their just establishing a rule of law -- this is not a good place to visit, Mr. Hawk!

    The funny thing to me is that, around here, we see other birds chasing the crows like that.

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  7. Lisa's right, it's as if these flying beauties put on a show for you. I'm in awe of eyesight that can see a mouse at that distance. The mouse, however, probably wouldn't agree. Lovely pics, Inger. What a great day you had!

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  8. this would be typical corvid behavior. An alarm call goes up and everyone who is anyone comes "runnning" As opportunistic as they might be, a flock of ravens or crows and easly mob and kill a hawk

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  9. I don't know when they will nest. It's still in the teens and 20s at night here, so it seems a bit early. I can see how a flock of ravens can kill a hawk. They are buzzing me when I organize my trash or if a lid blew off a trash can and they got into it. But what I see the most is ravens hassling each other over food. One gets something and is soon mobbed by a bunch of them. I also see how they try to sneak away unnoticed with their catch. I appreciate all your comments, thanks. --Inger

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  10. That must have been rather exciting to see, Inger. Great camera maneuvering! :)

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  11. Such great pictures of that moment. I love living out in the country and being able to capture moments like this myself.

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  12. When we lived in Alaska, I developed a real fondness for the Ravens--They are very smart birds and amazing to watch--People that think otherwise are not watching close enough!

    Hope you've had a good day Inger!

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  13. Nice photos of the hawk and raven. I love those ravens we have lots of them here they are huge birds. I don't know about the CA ones but the Alaska ones are enormous as are the Magpies, huge !!

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  14. Great picture and a sight to watch!

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  15. You did good with those photos! It's very difficult to get them good when they're up in the sky like that.
    Quite often I see bald eagles here, and the crows are always after them. When I see a big group of crows gathering all of a sudden, there's often an eagle somewhere near.

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  16. Great shots, Inger. I think birds are the hardest thing to photograph, at least for me.

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  17. What beautiful shots. How lucky t have caught the birds on 'film'!!

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  18. Glad you were able to capture them! Always interesting watching watching nature fight for their next meal.

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  19. It is amazing you were able to capture this in pictures...thanks for sharing.

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  20. I think the pictures are fabulous Inger! Lately it seems as though I don't have my camera with me when I need it. I need to start carrying it everywhere again I guess. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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  21. Inger, I was out for my morning walk one day and two ravens chased a hawk across the field where I was walking. Like you, I just stopped to observe them!

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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