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Predator & Prey

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Sunday February 3, 2013

Seekonk, MA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Not the best shot as it is through a window, but I finally caught a hawk as he was feasting on what looks like a mourning dove. I thought at first it was the same hawk I shot on 1/21, but it is clearly another type. If anyone knows what type this one is, I'd appreciate an ID!

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7. newenglandlight
2:47 PM GMT on February 06, 2013
Thanks very much Robert! I feel sad for the occasional bird that gets caught, but as you said, it's nature's way.
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6. turxen
6:49 AM GMT on February 06, 2013
It's nature's way. We humans also have to kill for some of our food even though we don't like to think about it. The big difference is that few of nature's creatures don't kill just for pleasure (ego boost).

Wonderful photograph. You were lucky to be there at just the right moment. Thank you.

Robert

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5. newenglandlight
8:35 PM GMT on February 04, 2013
Yep! They always spot me immediately and sometimes fly off right away. However, this one stayed about 20 minutes and finished his meal, periodically checking the window!
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4. WurzelDave
7:34 PM GMT on February 04, 2013
Watching him watching you.
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3. newenglandlight
11:05 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
Thanks Heidrun and Eileen! And thanks for the ID Eileen. I checked photos for Cooper's Hawk and it's interesting how much variation there is in color for these. I hadn't seen this one before and I'm thrilled to have a new visitor!
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2. YouKnowWho
8:39 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
This is likely a Cooper's Hawk. It might be a Sharp-shinned, but you'd need to see more details to determine that. (like the profile of its head, for example.)
Your hawk from 1/21 might be a Red-shouldered hawk...do you recall seeing the chest on that one? If it was rusty, then it might have been the red-shouldered, and if it wasn't much larger than this hawk, that makes it more likely.
Great shot!
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1. trailhiker44
8:18 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
Super capture, Mary !
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