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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.

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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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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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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 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
they look quite aggressive o_O
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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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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!
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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 Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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ManiacalMew Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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Nexu4 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
stunnig shots :clap: congrats to the DD :)
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