Almost a SAD Ending - Pileated Woodpecker vs HAWK (Spring birds ). Photo by WeatherWise
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Almost a SAD Ending - Pileated Woodpecker vs HAWK

Uploaded by: WeatherWise

Monday May 27, 2013

Danville, VA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: One moment, the or fraction of a second, the mom was feeding babies, next fraction of a second I could not find them...as photo came up. About that time a ruckous broke loose - there was a huge hawk...and I think I captured it's brown feathers to the left right over the Mom and babies! It flew off and I was so afraid it had gotten one of the babies or the parent bird!

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7. ChrisAnthemum
7:24 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
OK, I see it's the MOTHER'S claw I see at the hole, not the hawk's. Quite a bit of confusion there for a few moments!
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6. trailhiker44
7:11 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Quite a dramatic situation !

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5. biglife
7:01 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Holy crap! (That's all I can think of to say as my jaw is still hanging open.)

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4. WeatherWise
6:28 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
It was wild! And I am thinking this is the
sequence it all happened in with my camera
photos sequence supporting my story. Anyway
I have tried to tell it as best I think it
happened.
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3. jjulian
6:11 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
I had to look at this for a while, but can see the hawk over the mother...wow, what a wild capture!
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2. WeatherWise
5:54 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Thanks, yes it was a close call for the
woodpeckers. Was amazing...like the hawk
must have been sitting in waiting for the
right moment and swooped right down as
the feeding started. I spent an hour with
them this morning with all of the activity!
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1. ChrisAnthemum
5:40 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Hawk's back to the left, its talons just to the right, beaks of woodpeckers behind the claw, hurriedly withdrawn into the safety of the nest hole. That's how I read it. Did you SEE the hawk carry something off? If not, it was probably a miss for the hawk, a close call for the woodpeckers. If it got one of the parents, probably the other parent can still see the babies to fledging and maturity. Amazing photo, Shirley, even if not so clear!
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