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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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Given 2012-06-11
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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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Wow! :wow:
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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 :>
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He's a beauty isn't he! I love Falcons...
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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wolfwings1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Here is him after the chase.  wolfwings1.deviantart.com/art/…

and here is only shot DURING the chase, I think he's the one in upper left hand corner.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's weird!! It's usually all of those Crows mobbing the one raptor!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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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.
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing capture!
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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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DieselPaws Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist
wow he trying to catch the other bird?
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furstripe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
they look quite aggressive o_O
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Birds really do transform when they are mobbing a predator, though I can't say the grackles in this photo are very friendly to anyone :D
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furstripe Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have seen Drongos mobbing the raptors, they are viscous. But when they are with small finches/sparrows they are quite gentle. Quite an amazing capture :faint:
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Your entry has been added to the Photo Contest - Bird Interactions journal! Thanks for entering our contest!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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ManiacalMew Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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Mayzzi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible picture!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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ManiacalMew Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic capture, the composition's great and the details are so sharp!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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Nexu4 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
stunnig shots :clap: congrats to the DD :)
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CanadianRy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
I have featured your work here [link]
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CanadianRy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I have featured your art work here [link]
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Lovely shot!
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ERB20 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D you're welcome
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LicianDragon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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enmarwen Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He probably has better binos than me. If the lighting's anything less than perfect the photos are miserable. They're not very good magnifications either, and the FOV is too wide. They get the job done but I gotta save up and get better.
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LifeThroughALens84 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
You are very welcome!!
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LicianDragon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This happens all the time to our resident cooper's hawk on campus. Anytime it's around preying on our squirrels, the local ravens and crows chase it away. Lovely photo!
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Goraiou Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really hope I can see more of them. I might even get a picture of one if I'm fast enough.
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8302 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh~ (/oOo)/ Thanks for the tip ;w;
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You're welcome! :D
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You're most welcome! :D
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist
I thought so. But I hadn't read the series in so long that I wasn't sure if that was his name. xD
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
My pleasure! :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Glad I could teach you something too!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww, thank you so much!!!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe - thank you!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! They are a bird to be fascinated about!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! If you ever hear crows making a huge ruckus, chances are that they are mobbing a Hawk. That's how I knew that this one was nearby.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! :D
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Glad you like it!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL! My husband uses his binocs to get photos - he doesn't carry around a dSLR + long lens like I do :D
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SmartyPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Artist
:-( that's bad.
Oh I told the story, not about mind about the mobbing. It was just to say, they are realy respectless and don't care, arent afraid etc :-)
What are Robins? But if they run them out of the Nest, it's very bad but also nature :-( even if it's sad...*sigh*
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