Sunday, 31 March 2013

THUD!

Strange noises are strange in order to attract our attention.  We heard a loud THUD just a few minutes ago and ran to the window. We were not disappointed.  There was a dove lying on the ground blinking its eyes but otherwise not moving.  Even his eyes stopped moving and there was a bird sized pool of blood under it's head.


Carefully looking about there was a Cooper's Hawk just a few feet above it.  It had obviously stopped short of following the dove into the window; those are pretty quick reflexes.  My daughter came through the back door and scared him away.  BUT we were patient, figuring that he wouldn't leave such a fresh tasty morsel go to waste.
He moved from the deck...

to the apple tree...

to within striking distance of his Easter lunch.

Anticipating his next move I put the camera onto the video setting...
video

4 comments:

  1. I was relieved to see the hawk fly off. Poor little dove.

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  2. At least the dove was dead before a terrifying flight in the grip of talons.

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  3. this is so strikingly similar to our recent experience (pun intended!)... did you read mine?
    it makes me sad for the dove... but then i can't help it, i'm in love at the same time... that hawk really is BEAUTIFUL!

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  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gasps when these kind of things happen!

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