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Zen Hawk, Lucky Squirrel

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As this hawk was relaxing on a big branch, A curious little squirrel climbed closer to investigate.

Although the hawk made a bit of a move at the squirrel, it did not look interested in a fight, or a meal.

The hawk wanted to be left alone and go back to its meditation.

It turned out to be a lucky day for the squirrel, who went away unharmed after a few seconds.
Image details
Image size
3603x2715px 7.5 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS REBEL T5i
Shutter Speed
1/1250 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
220 mm
ISO Speed
640
Date Taken
May 17, 2021, 7:01:43 AM
Sensor Size
15mm
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Orphydian's avatar

Red tail or common buzzard?

FoldedWilderness's avatar

It is hard to tell a cooper's hawk from a sharp-shinned hawk and I am pretty sure it is one of the two. It is a juvenile, that I am certain, that was probably hatched last summer.


Judging from a few tips I know, it is more likely a Juvenile Cooper's hawk than the other but, I am not certain. Thanks for stopping by.

TNC-N3Cl's avatar

Great shot!


About a year ago I saw a hawk sitting on a light pole in a parking lot minding its own business when a mocking bird started trying to chase it away, for like 15-20 minutes. The mocking bird would land on the pole maybe a foot away from the hawk and squawk at it then dive bomb it. The hawk would only occasionally look at the mocking bird but otherwise didn't budge. Then a crow showed up and started harassing the hawk. Didn't take long after that for the hawk to finally fly off with the crow chasing it.

FoldedWilderness's avatar

Yes, birds of prey often attract the attention of other birds. Their presence is a threat to them and specially their young ones. I've seen many times birds of different species ganging up on a hawk. They usually do nothing more than annoy the bird until it flies away.


Being bigger than most other birds, crows can be a bit more intimidating to hawks and make them leave much quicker.

LauraRamirez's avatar

That moment when your dinner walks right up to you but you're not hungry 😭😭

LadyCharizard's avatar

"It's over, Squirrel! I have the high ground!"

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