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May 18, 2012, 7:47:53 AM
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Mobbed Pt1 by mydigitalmind Mobbed Pt1 by mydigitalmind
I had the chance to witness mass mobbing of a Red-tailed Hawk up close at Sapsucker woods this weekend. I heard the sounds of crows alerts and went over to where they were calling. Crows, Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds were all mobbing this Hawk. Mobbing is a behavior occurs when a predator gets cooperatively harassed by the species it may prey on - especially when that species has young nearby. At one point, the Hawk was in the tip of a small branch (pictured) and kept losing balance when the others would dive at him.


Red-tailed Hawk and Common Grackle
Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, New York
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Given 2012-06-11
Mobbed by =mydigitalmind ( Suggested by meihua and Featured by trevg )
This is a very nice photo. I don't know if this was cropped. But feels like it's been cropped in too close...I noticed the you were able to capture it in good lighting.. I wish there was a little more bokeh...The subjects show motion..and the blurriness of the wings on the grackle conveys the notion of the hawk pushing the grackle..especially with the expression of the grackle..Probably would have been better if the tree wasn't there on the right side of the photo.. and maybe the small tree wasn't there on the bottom right corner....The hawk was higher...I think it's just cropped in too close..

Overall a great capture..
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wolfwings1 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Awesome :>  it's funny, but I saw a scene where you think there would have been mobbing, but instead all they did was fly from tree to tree, where a merlin was harassing a large murder of about 50+ crows who were getting ready to roost for the night, and the merlin chase a crow into a tree, and a few minutes later the crow and merlin come flying out of the tree, while the other crows just moved to another tree, and then a few moments later it would repeat.

A murder that size could easily have chased off or injured the merlin, but they never bothered, just kept fleeing from it.
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's weird!! It's usually all of those Crows mobbing the one raptor!
wolfwings1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Here is him after the chase.…

and here is only shot DURING the chase, I think he's the one in upper left hand corner.
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He's a beauty isn't he! I love Falcons...
wolfwings1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Yeah he is :>  wish I could have gotten a better action shot, but h was in and out of trees so fast never had time to focus :>
LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing capture!
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
BlackyPaws Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist
wow he trying to catch the other bird?
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nope. Just trying to make the larger bird get out of his territory by attacking him!
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