Monday, April 18, 2011

The right to change one's mind


A hawk lands at the edge of the pond.

Pounces on something in the weeds.

It's a turtle!  (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)

The hawk lets it go, looks around, and flies off uninterested in picking into the shell.
Another turtle just watches from a log in the water, completely unphased.

47 comments:

LauraX said...

--safe--

Dani said...

haha. I like the story. :)

Joe said...

Neat. Don't think I've ever seen a hawk catch a turtle. Got a feeling the hawk decided a nice fat squirrel would be a little better meal.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Ha ha! Bet that surprised the turtle!

EG Wow said...

I'm thinking the turtle would be too much work to eat when field mice are likely abundant.

Deb said...

wooo that was close.....

Woody said...

Incredible, that's very cool! I'm surprised the other turtle just sat there.

Clint said...

There have been many times when I started to eat something---like couscous or beets, for example--- then thought better of it. Ha.

Vintage West said...

Wow, amazing that you were ready with your camera on that one. Lucky little turtle and lucky us getting to see it!

Sandra said...

to bad you were not close enough to get the surprise on the hawks face when he grabbed that hard shell. OOPS he thought,

Bare bilder - Pictures only said...

...that was close....

Lois Evensen said...

Picky eater. :\

Nancy said...

What the heck? Since when can beggars be choosers? ;)

Tracy said...

Perhaps it was too much work? Oh well, I guess he missed his snack!

Gone Country said...

I can hear the turtle saying, "Whew! That was close!"

Mama-Bug said...

Great captures!

Kim said...

Very cool! Is it a redtailed hawk? I couldn't tell. A redtail will be my son's next falconry bird through winter.

Melodie said...

I think that hawk was looking around to make sure no one saw him try to eat a turtle,lol!

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, what a neat thing to witness.

ga.farmwoman said...

Love the pictures! We have lots and lots of hawks and turtles around here, also. Hawks after the chickens, turtles after me last time in the pond!

Have a great week.
Pam

wayside wanderer said...

I recently learned that turtles will eat ducklings. A friend raises ducklings and she released some too soon only to watch them be dinner on the pond. There is soo much to learn! Love that you got to capture this!

lisa said...

GREAT series of photographs!
So nicely seen and captured.

Cher' Shots said...

I never tire of watching nature takes its course. Unless is it's snow in mid-april ~ LOL.
'love & hugs from afar'

Samantha said...

Fantastic series..so glad you caught those and shared!

I MADE YOU A MIXTAPE said...

Great pics. Love your blog! You are living my secret cowboy fantasy... your house looks so cool!

Jan n Jer said...

That is one lucky turtle...Oh the balance of nature. Somtimes it can be brutal!!! Great shots.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Thanks for my daily nature shot, sweet friend! xxxx

bon bon said...

a priceless reaction shot! i can imagine the hawk thinking "what the...?!"

sorry you missed a meal though, buddy.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Your pond provides you with a story every day. What great entertainment. Much better than TV. Drama at the Pond. A new title for your blog or another blog all together. Looking forward to the next chapter in the saga.

don said...

A fine "real life" series of this hawk trying for something to eat. I like the sequence which says so much. Well done.

Naturedigital said...

We all have the right to reconsider....
Great captures.
Costas

Dar said...

Amazing sights you see. I keep asking for a pond...hmmmm, I wonder if that's possible with all the DNR interference.?
I pray the fires are far from you. They are so near our friends where we hunt and fish.
BlessYourLuckyTXHeart

troutbirder said...

One smart hawk I'd say. :)

Martha Z said...

I've seen the red shouldered hawk eat a crayfish but I guess the turtle is too much work.

Farm Girl said...

Better a turtle than a chicken. :)

Robin said...

Theresa, I think that would have been more effort than it was worth!
Great captures!

Randy said...

Maybe the hawk is allergic to turtle. Wonderful photos.

Eyeliquor said...

Now i am wondering who is the hawk eye here ;)
Cool!

Janie2 said...

Red Tail hawk? I am much like the hawk, I too change my mind frequently. Very cool post.

Bob Bushell said...

That is funny. Nice pictures.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

You have a good story telling series here. It reminds me of a hawk that was circling when we brought our Yellow Lab puppy home six years ago. We quickly moved into the house with her!

Karrie said...

Seems as though that turtle had an "angel on it's...shell?" :)
How great that you get to experience nature like this, and how nice that you share it here!

Allison said...

Hawks are magnificent and powerful and beautiful - but I've started to dislike them. They kill all the cuter, tiny animals! :(

AJ said...

What an amazing capture!

Rose said...

I guess it was the hawk's unlucky day! Very interesting that you got to witness it...who would ever have thought?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

ONe lucky turtle,I must say.

SquirrelQueen said...

Looks like the hawk decided dinner on the half shell was not all that appetizing and way too much work to crack.

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