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Mobbed Pt2 by mydigitalmind Mobbed Pt2 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 Red-winged Blackbird
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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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Aww, I almost feel bad for the hawk being pestered like that. On the other hand, amazing how small and 'defenseless' songbirds can drive a powerful predator away when working together. A rare moment well-captured on photo! :D
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I feel bad when they get mobbed as they are just passing through! My local Hawks never get a break...
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Yeah, if they're actually going after the blackbirds it's another thing, but when they're just trying to get on with their day.. When hiking in the Alps not too long ago I saw a juvenile Golden eagle - first mobbed by a Buzzard and then chased away by a pair of Raven. Being a raptor doesn't mean getting much love I'm afraid.
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DieselPaws Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist
wow type of breed is the bird in the background with the red wings
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a Red-winged Blackbird :)
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:iconnebetseta:
NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Must have been near a nest.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah - there are a lot of small breeders in this area.
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:iconnebetseta:
NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
That's the only reason I can think of, that there's a nest or two (maybe more) and they are protecting it. Of course, I guess these birds can be bold even when not nesting - I just am not sure if they would risk if unless there were broods to consider.
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BFTLandMWandSEK Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
that bird looks so mad. :iconclapplz: good job, bro
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! But it's not "bro" ;)
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:iconbftlandmwandsek:
BFTLandMWandSEK Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
sorry. I tend to tell everybody "bro," even my friends, and we're all girls :|
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:iconelliemaecrockett:
EllieMaeCrockett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Also outstanding !
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks again!
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:iconaarri2129:
Aarri2129 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Both this and the shot of the hawk and the Grackle are incredible! Great pictures! ^^
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!!
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:iconaarri2129:
Aarri2129 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My pleasure! (:
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:iconreeno-alchemist:
Reeno-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love red wing black birds... theyre such badasses lol
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:iconhey-jo1960:
Hey-Jo1960 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
nice work love them all
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:iconhey-jo1960:
Hey-Jo1960 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
nice work love them all
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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:iconhey-jo1960:
Hey-Jo1960 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
UR welcome :)
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:icontugglej:
TuggleJ Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Sneak attack in 3...2...1...
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That red-tailed hawk looks so unsuspecting :D
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cindy1701d Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
great shot.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's some shot, m'deer :nod: Nice one :clap:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss:
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:iconkarliosi:
karliosi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant shot.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconkarliosi:
karliosi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Anytime. Have a wonderful week :)
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:iconglassreflections:
glassreflections Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That must've been quite a show!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It was! There were so many blackbirds and crows!
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glassreflections Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! I'm sure that was enjoyable!
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
He never saw it comin'!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconravansshadow:
RavansShadow Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Great shot. You have to love how brave the little birds are:)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Small birds in numbers can do great things!
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:iconmoonstone27:
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012   General Artist
Awesome shot:aww::la::la::D!!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!! :heart:
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:iconmoonstone27:
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012   General Artist
:heart::love:you're welcome:aww::D!
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:icondovethunder:
DoveThunder Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Oh my. This is just incredible! What a rare moment, you're so lucky! :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! It was very rare to see this out in the open. I usually see this with too many trees in the way. It was nice to get this op!!!
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:icondovethunder:
DoveThunder Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
You're welcome! You must spend a lot of time watching birds to get all these wonderful shots! :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I try to spend as many weekend mornings with them as I can!
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:icondovethunder:
DoveThunder Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
That sounds like an amazing way to wake up! :)
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