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Hawk V. Squrriel by Joseph-W-Johns Hawk V. Squrriel by Joseph-W-Johns
Walking back to the bookstore I was alerted by people standing around that there were two red-tailed hawks in a tree after several squirrels. The hawks spotted their nest and attacked. This one squirrel actually got luckier then the photo implies. He ran down from the tree, the hawk swooped but got him by only the tail and dropped him. Still this is a hard shot to get and it is actually one I thought I would never have an opportunity to get. I turned on it just in time to get this. After this the hawks chased a few other squirrels one of which stayed in the tree and seemed pretty good at not getting spotted. They were patient but then a crow came in there and attacked the hawks and I believe their hunt was ruined after that.

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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
And for a brief shinning moment Squirrel though he had won...
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Well this time the squirrel did get away because the hawk grabbed him wrong. The hawks tried to get other squirrels but then a crow came in and and distracted the hawks allowing the last squirrel to get away.

I got other photos I will post later of the chase one of them has the one of those little rascals right beside the hawk.
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Two hawks afraid of a single crow: what is this world coming to? By the way, Happy Birthday!:cake:
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks,

The reason is when the crow is in the air he has a flight speed advantage and he can really cause them grief when he is in the air. Now Hawks do eat crows but I think their odds are better when it is a ground fight.
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Dannythekid Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shot! Well timed.
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks
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Shadow848327 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is an incredibly hard shot to get. Great capture of the moment. I've yet to get a good capture of the kill most of mine are post the hunt.
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
I never thought I;d ever get a clear show at this moment.
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Seluryar Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reminds me of me witnessing for the first time a falcon trying to take down some flying pigeons yesterday afternoon
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
I;ve seen it a few times but normally it happens too fast to turn and get a clear show on.
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