Friday, October 14

Eyes bigger than the belly!

 I took these photos on Barrow's Rating Lane during the morning rush hour. This is a semi suburban area with lots of traffic and students passing to and from the three nearby schools and college.
 I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the hawk take the wood pigeon down in mid flight especially when I saw that it was about equal in size.
I stopped the taxi and did a hasty u-turn back to where the hawk had its intended meal pinned down and then zoomed in from across the road.
I don’t know if the hawk was disturbed by me taking the photos or it had bitten of more than it could chew with the size of its victim, but the softies amongst you will be glad to know that shortly after the hawk posed for these photos the pigeon flew away unharmed apart from a few lost feathers.

16 comments:

Deniz Bevan said...

Wow, amazing photos!

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John said...

Yes when you see a hawk take down another bird you have to be amazed at the skill and swiftness of the attack.
Great photos.

PaulTheCabDriver said...

I own a small cab company in Phoenix AZ (http://www.paulstaxi.com ) and do a lot of driving myself. a few months ago, in glendale, Arizona, my passenger and I saw a small Harris Hawk do the exact same thing. It swooped into a flock of pigeons on the wing and snagged one in full flight. It was the most awesome sight! Unlike your bird of prey, though, the one we witnessed showed no mercy. Or it was a little hungrier.
BTW, do you know what species that hawk is? Inquiring ornithologists wish to know.

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When i was traveling in taxi i saw at that time a male or female fight. well the women is totally on male and their is she beating him up for taking her purse or trying to theft that. well lovely fight i saw the whole part and didn't move until that man begged for life and say her sorry and promise her that he won't theft again . that all i saw on Orlando airport transport stand.

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Adam will said...

Amazing picture and what a beautiful bird, i don't know what type of breed it is.

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