Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nature Notes: Strange Bedfellows

Partners in Crime

I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted these two unlikely companions perched on the fence out back.

A closer look revealed that the hawk had the remains of a mouse or vole under its left foot. The crow was hoping for the leftovers.

Danse Macabre

Strangest of all, the crow seemed to be mirroring the positions and motions of the hawk. When the hawk finished its meal, the crow did fly down to the ground to scavenge while the hawk looked on.

P.S. If I were the crow, I'd worry about a hawk looking at me this way:

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Rambling Woods said...

Would you rather be the intelligent bird or the one with the talons? I always ask myself that question. Really great photos for Nature Notes... Thanks for your good wishes Vicki....Michelle

Kiki aka Victoria said...

How heart is captured with these photos.I adore both cwinged-reatures...beautiful!! Lucky gal..rock on!!

Thyra said...

What a great picture of those two birds. I imagine you suddenly got very busy with your camera before they flew away! The hawk is beautiful.

MyMaracas said...

Michelle, I'd rather be the clever bird, preferably one that lives on seeds.(I spared you the set of guts-and-gore shots here.) ;-)

Kiki thanks. I have a love/hate thing going with hawks and crows.

Thyra, I just about filled up my memory card in 5 minutes. That hawk is beautiful, though terrible as well.

Leora said...

Love the little tale. And the imposed words of the birds! What are they thinking indeed.

A piece of news said...

I love the community in this shot - one patiently waiting for dinner, the other providing it.

Marvin said...

Great shots! Crows are nothing if not opportunistic, but I reckon that's just another way of say intelligent.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Great capture. Very unique. Lucky you.