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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.

Pt2

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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Mobbed by =mydigitalmind ( Suggested by meihua and Featured by trevg )
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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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:iconelliemaecrockett:
Fantastic shots !! Kudos and big thank you's for sharing.
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MissLunaRose Jun 11, 2012   General Artist
The details and colors are perfect!

And the birds' expressions... (although birds are not supposed to really have much for expressions) The hawk seems a bit bothered by the continued mobbing, while the grackle is going "WHAT!?"

I love this. I'm glad you were able to catch such an interesting moment!
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ecfield Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! I've watched mobbing on several occasions in our area, but have never had the camera at hand. Thanks for sharing!
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:icongreenperson-29:
Wow awesome moment. Well captured!
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BrandiFort Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats awesome!
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SmartyPhoto Jun 11, 2012  Professional Artist
Fantastic shots, interessting info and awesome quality in your pic. I'm impressed! Thanks for sharing!!!
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KathleenCasey May 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great shot, good color, nice catch!
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