Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Interesting Hawk Behavior

Looking through some tree limbs, I spied this Red-Shouldered Hawk perched on some water weeds at the edge of the pond (Whistling Ducks on the pond in front of him).
 I wondered if he was sitting on some prey but couldn't see anything.
 He had his talons wrapped in the water weeds.
 He'd flap his wings and bounce up and down, shaking the weeds in doing so.
I started wondering if he was caught up, but I think he was just seeing if he could stir up some prey hiding under the vines and grasses.
After nothing promising came up, he took off (and stirred up some Whistlers when he did so.)
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

142 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I am just glad he left the Whistling ducks alone...Cool series on the Hawk. Have a great day!

Lynn said...

The ducks are saying "stupid bird":@)

Giga said...

Beautiful bird and certainly look for food. Regards.

Revrunner said...

I'm surprised the Whistlers seemed so unaffected.

Julia said...

He's a remarkable bird. It's possible his tummy was already full. I'm so glad he left without hunting the Whistlers.
Hugs,
JB

Dianna said...

I'm guessing the whistlers are too large to be his prey?

Janey and Co. said...

I too was wondering if he was looking for a light weight Whistler?

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I've seen that kind of action in two separate occasions as a couple of these beautiful predators had a squirrel in its talons on the ground. Impressive.

He must have lost his prey! blessings ~ tanna

John's Island said...

Some interesting behavior captured ... nice work.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

hmmm

so beautiful. Maybe he hoped for some hot crayfish.

EG CameraGirl said...

Glad he didn't decide he wanted some tasty duck!

Breathtaking said...

What an interesting sighting. It looks like he was looking for food, but the Whistlers seemed to know it wouldn't be them.

Mersad said...

Thankfully he was not caught.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

KaHolly said...

Wow, great series of pics.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Mayhap he was having fun playing with his reflection?

Knipsa Passtscho said...

You sure get to see some
interesting things around there!
Great catch :))
Have a fine day
【ツ】Knipsa

Anvilcloud said...

A very interesting series wondering what's the hawk going to do. I enjoyed the rusty trucks, below.

Stephanie Faris said...

Maybe he was just chillin'!

Dicky Bird said...

What a smarty pants - I bet he was trying to stir something up. Cool pictures.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Glad he left the whistlers unharmed :)

Molly TheWally said...

What amazing shots. How lucky you spotted him. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Michelle said...

That is some interesting behavior and you captured it well!

Rose said...

It would be hard for me to do anything other than watch that pond if I lived there...you see and capture so many interesting bits of life.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

i thought maybe the last shot would be the hawk flying away with a snake!!
whew!!
nice shots of all whistlers...who must have remained on alert...on their TOES...'til mr hawk moved on!!

Cranberry Morning said...

I bet everything under the weeds was running for dear life or being as still as possible. The hawk is such an awesome bird.

Kate said...

You are a keen observer!

nookworm said...

You did very well understanding his interesting behavior. So glad he was not stuck!

SweetMarie said...

Maybe he's trying to make new friends. lol I'm glad your Whistlers stood their ground and the mean bird left. :)

William Kendall said...

I imagine the whistlers might be a bit too big for him.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

all birds are intuitive and wise but osprey of any variety and falcons and eagles all capture my fancy more than other winged genus

nice capture mi amiga

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

Just happy he moved on! They are beautiful birds.. just hate to see them at my feeders!

Gail said...

How unusual. I suppose he couldn't life a whistler is he caught one.

Montanagirl said...

That's really neat - I have never seen a Red-shouldered Hawk.

Randy said...

They could take him!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Glad to note there weren't any casualties, though the hawk has to eat as well. I see the hawks where were are as well, but they don't seem to bother the Geese and the ducks. The birds, like Cardinals and Bluebirds, are probably wary of the hawk.

Nice snapshot!

Have a Beautiful Day, Theresa.

Peace :)

Birdman said...

Fabulous 'catch' of the hawk on the shore.

ellen abbott said...

gorgeous bird. they been flying and circling about and calling their keee keee looking for mates and hook ups here. I read somewhere that they don't go after small birds but small mammals like mice and voles and rabbits.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

The poor Whistlers were VERY nervous with him around!!! Surely, they are too large for him to carry off. Bet they don't like it a bit when they have their little ducklings out. Beware of the snapping turtles below and the hawks above!!!

Margaret Adamson said...

Well spotted and I am sure the Whistlers nearly had a heart attack when it took off.

Linda Kay said...

The whistlers must not see him as a predator, or they would have been staying back further. He must have seen a fish go under the weeds or something. Poor thing must be hungry.

Mary Hone said...

He's a handsome guy.

Irma said...

Beautiful series of whistlers and the Red-shouldered Hawk.
I've never seen the Red-shouldered Hawk.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Bold whistlers!
~

Small City Scenes said...

Good eye on seeing the Hawk. I wonder what he was up to also.
MB

joeh said...

I think Tanna has it right, some small prey just escaped his talons and was partially trapped but got away.

Judy said...

Guess he was just checking things out.

Debbie said...

brave whistlers, so happy the hawk did not decide to have lunch!!!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Talons and beaks like that can't help but stir up trouble, even if it's not the intended trouble!

Midmarsh John said...

Don't know why but those brought the old song Gone Fishing to mind.

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don said...

This an interesting account of this hawks behavior on the weedy shore line. The Whistlers must wonder if they could become a target if the hawk didn't fine something to eat.

DIMI said...

Poor Whistlers,they got crazy with that hawk!Maybe he was looking for lunch!Bad hawk!Great captures Tex!
Dimi...

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Just paused to admire his reflection.

Carletta said...

The whistlers looked so calm and unconcerned until he flew. Maybe it was 'there are more of us than him.' :)
Great shots!

carolann said...

oh my another looker on bird.

Not happy campers. You know who?

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Get away from our Whistlers, Mr. Hawk!
I'm having some trouble with a hawk.
I know he's just hungry, but ugh.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is unusual behavior for a hawk.

Marissa said...

Great shots...

DeniseinVA said...

I enjoyed those. As you say, very interesting behavior.

Stephen Hayes said...

He must have had his eye on something.

Bob Bushell said...

So, he didn't catch any Whistlers??????

Tamago said...

It's so much fun observing birds and animals. Glad the hawk wasn't caught there. Whistlers are very cute. I always love seeing their faces :-)

Pom Pom said...

Great shots, TJ! The hawks are hungry I think.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A hawk with his own agenda.

Ms. A said...

I understand they have to eat, but it sure makes me nervous when they show up!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Interesting behavior, I wonder why they do that? I had a red-tail in the yard doing the same thing.

Nette Cecilia said...

Interesting photos ,Nette

RedPat said...

The Whistlers must have been very aware that he was there!

Melissa said...

Nice series. Just saw a hawk (not sure what kind) dive into my neighbor's yard, and a flock of songbirds shoot off the other way. There's a fence so I didn't catch it all, but suspected the worst (guess I was siding with the songbirds).

Chris Rohrer said...

Hopefully he kept quiet:) They are such vocal birds at times:) Awesome backyard bird!

Nancy J said...

Maybe his breakfast was so well hidden, lovely story, it must have been great fun to watch it unfold.

Nancy Chan said...

He must have been a very strong hawk, shaking the weeds to look for food.

Leovi Leovi said...

Beautiful photos! This Hawk Behavior wonderful!

Fly Girl said...

I was on edge to see if that hawk would snap something up! Glad he didn't.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great photos. I guess whistlers are not prey for hawks. All the birds disappear and become completely quiet when a hawk hovers over our neighborhood.

Karen said...

I think he was playing bouncy bounce!

mick said...

Great sighting and photo capture of the hawk. The ducks must have been pleased when he left!

Sharon Wagner said...

I'm glad I only have to hunt in the kitchen!

Gert said...

Wow! I think I say that a lot when it comes to your photos! He really was looking for something want he?

Phyllis Oller said...

Great captures! They are so hard to get a shot of. I think he probably did lose what he caught, glad he was uninterested in the whistlers, Phyllis

Country Gal said...

Maybe he was fishing . They do that like the Eagles do . Or he just wanted to join the party lol ! Nice photos .

Mari said...

I think he was just havig a good look on his potential prey.Taking his time while prey is still enjoying some time :)

Sylvia K said...

Such great captures as always!! A patient hunter he is -- I could do with some patience like that!!!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I wonder if he noticed his reflection in the pond? You surely do see a lot of interesting behavior around your place! :)

Lindy

Helma said...

Wow .... this is a brilliant buzzard! What a beautiful colors, this buzzard. This I have never seen. Beautiful!

Fjällripan said...

So beautiful brown! :)

bailey-road.com said...

Interesting behavior to observe.

Primitive Stars said...

Wow!!!!! Neat the Hawk was right at the edge. With the Whistlers in the pond, brave ducks.Francine.

Mary Kirkland said...

Love all the different birds you get to take pictures of.

Gosia k said...

intelligent creature

Kris Beskidzki said...

beautiful predators :)

Munir said...

Such an interesting balance of nature. I see that the Whistlers are not relaxed.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I think your guess is the best scenario. Those Whistlers sure were lucky. Have an outstanding Wednesday tomorrow!

Kathy said...

Love to watch these guys in action.

Brian King said...

That's pretty cool! Maybe he saw something scurry under there!

Our photos said...

Very nice encounter !

Linda said...

I guess he was puzzling over the size of those birds. "Hmm, they look edible but they are too big to catch. I wonder if there's a mouse around here."

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

What a magnificent looking bird!

Red said...

That was a very good photo story. He certainly got you curious.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

He certainly stirred up some trouble!

Terry and Linda said...

Like you I started to think he was tangled in the weeds. Also like you I then decided he was trying to scare up lunch!

Linda ❤⊱彡
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Linda R said...

I am thinking those Whistlers where a bit nervous with that Hawk hanging around.

Hugs, Linda
My Happy Place

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

I think whatever was hiding under there was not about to come out and be his dinner.

Christian Perrin said...

That is interesting behaviour! Very engaging series of photographs, thanks!

Pamela Gordon said...

I thought maybe it was a mating ritual. LOL

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Thankfully he left the ducks alone.
Great shots!

Paula said...

We have a lot of hawks at the ranch but don't think I've seen one like this.

KB Bear said...

That's a beautiful hawk and fascinating behavior.

Felicia said...

that is interesting. he's apparently a smart fellow or his intended prey is smarter.

Stephanie said...

Nice to see he left the Whistlers alone.

Barb said...

Would the hawk go after the Whistlers, I'm wondering?

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That was quite an interesting observation!
One never knows for sure what was the reason.
Hugs,
Mariette

Cloudia said...

What a gift to see such events from afar like this. Thanks, you did it again-




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Paul said...

Hmm, that does seem a little out of character for a Hawk alright. Interesting post!

pattisjarrett said...

It's always fun to watch bird behavior and learn something new. I saw what appeared to be a spot blood on the snow this morning. Thought about a hawk, but there were no feathers (or anything else) left behind. We had sleet, so there was a hard crust atop the snow, so no footprints, either. A case for Sherlock, I suppose.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Ha! Something probably escaped into the weeds! Great series - the ducks were probably frozen in fear!

Halcyon said...

What a beautiful bird.

Rita said...

Birds do play a little sometimes. Maybe he was just restless for spring. ;)

Lynne said...

Amazing sights that you find, day after day after day!

Elaine said...

He certainly got their attention when he took off!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Probably the hawk was contemplating lifting a duck or two but then gave up his desire due to unusually large size of the prey :)

HighPlainsFlyFisher said...

I think he was just there for the comedy hour. Glad he didn't decide that one of those ducks looked like a nice intermission snack!!

Crissi said...

Few interesting behavior detected - well done!
Nice day
Crissi

Karen S. said...

I think you caught him doing his morning exercises!

LannieK said...

Great photos! Beautiful bird looking for a snack. It's interesting how the Ducks appeared unconcerned.

Marie said...

How interesting to get to observe this!

BumbleVee said...

I wonder if he dropped some little tidbit in there before you saw him....maybe trying to retrieve it.....

michaelswoodcraft said...

he is huge!! What was he trying to get out of the water, do you know?

Robin Lamb said...

T, maybe it was trying to get nesting material!

Bethany Carson said...

Neat to see the hawk! He has very pretty coloring on his feathers.

Margie said...

Cool!

edenhills said...

How interesting! I never get the hawks to stick around for me to photograph them.

Susan said...

So interesting to see that behaviour!

Adam Jones said...

A great looking bird.

Betty Manousos said...

such a beautiful bird! i confess that i do like hawks. they are exciting birds to watch. you have documented a lot of really interesting behavior, i hate to see one of my favorite ducks turned into a meal as it looks like he was looking for food...
great series.

Hilary said...

Well that's so cool. I suspect that's exactly what he was trying to do. Your whistlers were safe, I'm sure.. they're way too big for him. Interesting observations, T.

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

That is odd behaviour. I am going to have to say he is well fed for the ducks to have not felt threatened.

Ida said...

Neat sighting. Bet those ducks were relived he didn't want them for lunch.

Indrani said...

It is better to assess your prey before you actually prey on them. Wise hawk!

Beate said...

So awesome you got to watch him! :) They are such impressive birds of prey.

CountryMouse said...

What good spotting. He would have been very interesting to watch.

Justin Carfagnini said...

It's possible he spotted something, but by the time he came down, it went into hiding...and stayed there. Great pictures!

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