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Monday, January 12, 2009

"Sharpie" Attack

Whoa, I just looked at this photo I downloaded and realized I captured a Sharp-shinned Hawk going after the America Goldfinches and Pine Siskins that were at our feeders. I thought I was taking a photo of the finches perched on the feeders, but just as I clicked the photo, they all flew up. What I didn't realize is that they all flew up because, at that moment, a Sharp-shinned Hawk was attacking the birds. I do think it missed.
There's no way I could have planned this photo, because the hawk was so fast and came out of nowhere. What a strange sort of serendipity. I circled the hawk in the photo, so you could more easily see it. You can tell it's a "Sharpie" because of it's smaller size and the very square tail. Look at the way the finches are just exploding, fleeing for their lives.

12 comments:

Stacy said...

FANTASTIC SHOT! Even if it wasn't planned; It's amazing!

Anonymous said...

Amazing photograph. Interesting that the finches are able to react quickly enough to escape the Sharpie.
I am interested in the oak-leaf perches on the pole.
Where can I find them, please ?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

An awesome capture,even if it wasn't planned.
Blessings,Ruth

Karen said...

Amazing! I hope for a shot like that everytime I photograph my birds! I'd even settle for the one you took of the sharpie on your fence post--that was great, too.

Mary C said...

I'd say your chances for that would be one in a million. Wow!

Alan said...

Great shot! I've always wanted to get a photo of something like this but like you said, there's just no way to plan for it.

mckay olson said...

it is so un expected! when they attack so fast!

Brown Bag said...

A Sharpie grabbed a Mourning Dove at our feeder and slammed it into a window of our house. I thought we had been hit by falling space debris because of the crashing noise. Luckily the window didn't break but we were treated to a front row seat while we watched the Sharpie eat the Dove. I fear that while we are feeding the birds, we have created a 'killing zone' for raptors. Any advice on this or should we just let nature run it's course?

OpposableChums said...

What a fantastic photo! Thanks so much for posting it.

mckay olson said...

what species of birds are getting attacked

Anonymous said...

Awesome pick! Timing is indeed everything. I witnessed a cooper's hawk yesterday gather up lunch of a mourning dove that the hawk had chased, and it collided with a window on the house. While trying to photograph it through the windows, as it came out of the tree to retrieve it's meal, I missed the bird totally, but have a picture with feathers falling down to the gound.
Love you site. There is a flock of Robins here in IL this morning. Totally strange. We never see them this early.

Lillian and Don Stokes said...

Brown Bag,
Sharp-shinned Hawks are attracted to places where birds gather whether that be a coastal migration hotspot, or a backyard feeder.
Feeders provide much good for birds and they are always on the lookout for danger. We try to place feeders near cover where they can dive in to avoid a hawk attack, places like brush piles, thick shrubs or dense evergreens. Theoretically hawks will take the weaker, slower, sick or otherwise compromised birds first thereby ensuring the "survival of the fittest."