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Feathered Gang War

Aerial dogfights kept us entertained at lunchtime out in the patio today, three red shouldered hawks against about 4 ravens, diving and twisting like war movie fighters. It was all too quick for photography, as dozens of smaller birds fled the trees in front of us. Eventually one of the hawks stopped in an oak tree in our back yard. The cause of the dispute is probably the nest the ravens are building in a tree across the street.

Aerial dogfights kept us entertained at lunchtime out in the patio today, three red shouldered hawks against about 4 ravens, diving and twisting like war movie fighters. It was all too quick for photography, as dozens of smaller birds fled the trees in front of us. Eventually one of the hawks stopped in an oak tree in our back yard. The cause of the dispute is probably the nest the ravens are building in a tree across the street.

THEN, a black shadow approaches:

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Hawk and raven have a stare-down for about 5 minutes:

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Backup arrives for the raven as the wide-eyed hawk measures his chances:

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He doesn’t like the odds, so hastens out the back door:

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The Red Baron lives to fight another day:

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  1. Wow. That must have been incredible to see. Thanks for sharing.

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