Friday, August 10, 2012

Persistance Pays?




A sudden shower had come and gone, 

cooling the heat of the afternoon, when I stopped at the lake to view the sky.

To my delight, a red-tailed hawk soared in and landed on a nearby telephone pole.  

As I watched, it became apparent that not everyone was as pleased to see it as I was. 





 Out of nowhere, 

a mockingbird swooped down at the hawk and passed within inches with claws extended.

  It rested on the telephone wire for a moment before renewing its attack.







The hawk preened itself, studiously ignoring the little dive bomber...





...but the harassment continued. 


Just when it seemed the mockingbird would surely tire of its mission,

a light seemed to dawn in the hawk's brain.





"I could leave!"





And so it did.  The mockingbird was hot on its tail when it disappeared from sight.

Soon, the fearless mockingbird could return to claim the top of the pole as its very own.





Oops!

Nature abhors a vacuum.






32 comments:

Stewart M said...

What a great set of pictures - I do enjoy watching this kind of behaviour - even if its clear that the bird of prey is less than pleased!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Brian King said...

Awesome photos, Connie! The blue sky background is beautiful. Nice job getting the mockingbird attack!

Sandra said...

What an astonishing story, Connie! I just love the hawk's expression when you added the caption: "I could leave"! He looks a little sheepish! The mocking-bird is amazing. Great shots!
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Łucja-Maria said...

Welcome!
I am delighted with your beautiful photos.
They are so wonderful, delicate, light.
They are beautiful! 1
Your blog is fantastic.
Lucia

Jeannelle said...

Great picture story! High drama in the bird world!

joanne said...

I laughed out loud.....nature is the source of such entertainment - and great pictures!

Jennifer Richardson said...

thanks for sharing this merry genius....and for the wonderful
laugh your storytelling gave me!
you do have a wonderful way,
Connie:)
-Jennifer

eileeninmd said...

Awesome series of shots. It is neat to watch the interaction between the Mockingbird and hawk.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi!!! Beautiful raptor.. And very funny pictures.. David and Goliat.. ;-)))

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Perfect post, Connie. So glad for your patience. :)

Horst in Edmonton said...

Great story Connie, love the photos.

Pat said...

It must be a much-coveted perch!
Great photo series!

bettyl said...

What a great story in pictures! You truly were in the right place at the right time!

Lighthousegal said...

I love your photos. They are truly amazing, showing the birds in flight. I love watching birds and animals, they can be very amusing and entertaining. Isn't it funny how the smaller critters tend to be more aggressive. You would think that the hawk would have run the mockingbird off, go figure.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful set of photos ~ Awesome ~ loved seeing the process of nature ~ (A Creative Harbor)

rainfield61 said...

Stories told by Nature is always fascinating.

Danielle said...

Oh we miss so much when we don't stop for a moment and rush to the next task. This was just so much fun to read and to view the photos...thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed this story.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great post... well told!! And I love your photography.

Nadege, said...

Great story...amazing captures.

Nancy Claeys said...

Always amazed at nature's drama... these are such neat captures of that very thing, Connie. Thank you for sharing at YSB this week. xo

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, birds are very photogenic. I am greeting

Gillian Olson said...

Amazing pictures, what a great series.

Jodi said...

Oh my, you got me. I gasped at the last photo. So funny.

Modesto Viegas said...

Great post!
Great captures!

TexWisGirl said...

too cute! great photo story! :)

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

A great series and very interesting bird behavior.

i stora drag said...

Fantastic photos and a interesting story!
Greetings Pia in Sweden

NatureFootstep said...

this is so fun to watch. Thanks for sharing. .)

Lisa Gordon said...

These are wonderful photographs, Connie.
What a brave little fella that mocking bird is.
Magnificent creatures!

S. Etole said...

What a great series of photos.

Ekaterina Trayt said...

Such a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing! :)