August 26, 2011

Hunter and Hunted

SDP  8-26-11
Per the usual, there's a story behind this photo. I spotted this red shouldered hawk last night and noticed it was acting peculiar, standing on a wire over a ditch filled with water from the recent rains. What I didn't know was that it was in hunting mode. As I watched the bird for about 10 minutes, I had a creepy feeling there was a snake nearby. Suddenly, the hawk dropped down from its perch and snatched some soggy grass in its talons. As I snapped pictures, I realized the bird was clutching more than just grass. It had a squirming snake too! What an impressive hunter. The hawk sat on this fence post and displayed its prize for a short while before...well...it was dinner time. What a cool experience. And, this all happened along a busy road in Sarasota.

10 comments:

Kathy said...

Amazing shot, SRQ. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

We are: clamco said...

Awesome!

Ernie said...

Nice! Very nice!

Jim Klenke said...

I would have been outta there.

Steven said...

I love that intense look in his eyes!

Lois said...

That is an amazing shot! I saw a hawk swoop down in my neighbor's backyard one day and fly off with a squirrel. I couldn't believe how fast it happened!

Dina said...

Great catch. You must have been paying attention. Not shot with the snake.

Jack said...

Nice shot, SRQ. It took patience to get it. I watched a hawk near the Connecticut River for about half an hour last month and then a jogger ran past and scared it away. All wasted. The life of a staff photographer for a CDP blog is not an easy one.

Birdman said...

Survival of the fittest.

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

Well done, to both you and the hawk!