A crow on a dead tree branch, and a battle in the sky…

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Crow on a dead tree branch… that should be the name of a band, or a song, or an epic poem.

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Have you ever seen crows or jays swooping at a hawk to drive it away?

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Hawks are fearsome on the ground, after a dive that stuns or kills their prey, and with their awesome weaponry.

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But hawks are built for soaring, gliding, and diving.

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They aren’t good at aerobatics.

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They just aren’t that maneuverable.

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Other more nimble birds take advantage of this. They mob the hawk, giving it too many targets for it to focus on just one.

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And if the hawk does go after one of their adversaries, the other ones swoop in from above and behind, plucking at his tail and back feathers with renewed ferocity.

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It is a dangerous game, but some birds have it mastered. Crows are particularly good at it.

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However, until yesterday, I had never seen a seagull do it. I know, it is a bad photo. The hawk had moved too far away even for the telephoto lens. But that, I assure you, is a lone seagull, harassing a hawk. It was like the seagull had watched the crows doing it, and figured he would give it a shot. I hope it ended well for him.

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But seagulls ain’t no crows. Just sayin’.


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2 Responses to A crow on a dead tree branch, and a battle in the sky…

  1. Wow! Those are some good photos, Art. You really captured the dramatic interactions of the birds.

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