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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 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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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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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 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He's a beauty isn't he! I love Falcons...
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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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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing capture!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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DieselPaws Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist
wow he trying to catch the other bird?
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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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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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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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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 Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Lovely shot!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist
You're 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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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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LicianDragon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We get this kind of behavior from birds all around our house all the time. It's fantastic that someone caught it on camera! Also, I never knew it was called mobbing. I learned something today!
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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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Dream-Piper Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
ONE WORD.
TOBIAS!
FOREVER
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Animorphs fan?
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Dream-Piper Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Of course I am.
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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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chillydragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
wow!
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hotmetal53 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
That is the most amazing photo. In the top 5 best bird pictures I've ever seen.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww, thank you so much!!!
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petit--loup Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Writer
Awesome shot! ^^ I love the look in the hawk's eye. It's just like, 'man, I was just trying to find some dinner and now I'm being harassed. That's it, I give up.'
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe - thank you!
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damein1234 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
lol, little birds all like "DA FUCK?!?!"
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Goraiou Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've been fascinated by hawks ever since they've started appearing in my town. This is a cool shot.
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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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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 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice shot. ;w; I wish I had a chance to witness something like that~ Lucky =^=
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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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8302 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh~ (/oOo)/ Thanks for the tip ;w;
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bp2007 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Congratulations on DD.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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