Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected Hawk Encounter for Great Blue Heron
The raptor swooped low across the secluded cove where the yearling great blue heron was fishing far out in the middle, exposed and vulnerable to danger.
The atmosphere in the cove had been supercharged with energy when the hawk first made its presence known. The great blue heron’s cap feathers erected suddenly, and his neck feathers puffed out simultaneously, making his neck grow to three times it’s usual size as you can see in this next photo. (If you missed the earlier post, please click here to catch up.)
The ducks clamored furiously, and the jays squawked, but almost as quickly as it arrived, the hawk disappeared deep into the thicket at the East. As far as I could tell, no ducks or jays were harmed there below the dense canopy of trees.
The danger past, I returned to taking photos of the heron, who had resumed fishing mid-cove, his cap and neck feathers back to their normal sleek configuration.
What happened next was unexpected.
Through the camera, I noticed the heron’s neck blow up in alarm again to three times it’s normal size.
The hawk had returned, and was barreling down the cove – straight for the heron.
This time, unlike the first, I kept my eye glued to the camera and fired off shots as fast as possible.
The hawk appears in only one frame of all the photos I squeezed off, it’s the photo at the top of this post. The hawk was so spectacularly fast that the heron was still looking in the direction from where the hawk came long after the hawk had flown by.
Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected.
Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.
A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
The Tao of Feathers™
(This photo was taken August 21, 2010.)
© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)
Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier Hawk
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