Hunting forum: Birds of Prey

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Imagetmar
Feb 20, 2010 8:29 AM CST
Name: Tom Marschall
Fredericksburg Tx
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Y'all were talking a lot about birds of prey in the game camera thread, thought maybe it was time for a thread of its own. I was fortunate to witness nature at its finest one day. A hawk landed in the top of a tree about 250 yds across a small canyon. I was in a tree blind just about level with the hawk across the canyon. After perching there a few minutes it took off and dived down into the canyon. I lost sight of it for a few seconds, but saw it again coming up a small draw towards me out of the canyon. Before I knew it, the hawk nailed a quail about 30 feet from me which I had no idea was there, yes the hawk spotted it from 250 yds across the canyon. It had to have lost sight of it from down in the canyon, but knew where to make the attack. Simply amazing!!

I dont have any pics of the incident, but I will post a pic of the family of screech owls that was hanging out around the house one spring. There were six of them, but only got 3 of them in the viewfinder.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 20, 2010 8:34 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Excellent idea for a thread Tom!

We have a local hawk that hunts in our area. I live in the city and there is a drainage ditch behind my back yard. This hawk really helps with rodent population. I've not SEEN him hunt, but I've heard him many times.

I took this shot from my driveway. He was sitting on this branch in a tree behind my house.

Janet

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ImageMidnitedog
Feb 20, 2010 8:47 AM CST
Name: B Kisner
Bradford county Pa.
Awesome pictures, we have lots of Redtail hawks and several screech owls around here, we listen to them in the summer while setting around a campfire, they fly up and down the valleys all night long hunting in the open fields. We also get a lot of Kestrels in the summer time, there's several pair's that set on the power wires afternoons and study the open areas.
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ImageRarejem
Feb 22, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Very good idea for a thread! I just adore the picture of the screetch owls, and the hawk is impressive too. Not only beautiful, but pest control as well....what more could you ask?

We have dozens of redtail hawks where we hunt, and see the occasional kestrel, but rarely hear owls. Because of this, I was really surprised when I came across what I believe was a great horned owl (don't think that we have screetch owls here) and his mate while hunting pheasant. My camera isn't good enough to get an ultra close shot, but this one turned out OK.

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ImageRarejem
Feb 22, 2010 6:22 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
And at home, I do have a pair of barred owls that call my forest home. I love to hear them calling back and forth, and catch them quite often fishing on the railing of my bridge over my big pond in the summer time (of course I never have a camara in my hand at that time!). I did manage to get one picture when I was wandering through the garden last year, but again, the clarity leaves a little to be desired.

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ImageMidnitedog
Feb 22, 2010 6:42 PM CST
Name: B Kisner
Bradford county Pa.
Very nice Owl pictures, they are very cool birds.
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 22, 2010 7:49 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hi Julie,

It's about time you ventured over to the hunting side! HAHAHA Big Grin

You've got some beautiful owls! They look huge! I've never seen an owl that big before (except at the Renaissance Festival). Our owls (the few times I've seen them) are about the size of hubby's hand. Maybe a hairbit bigger. But then again, I live in the city, so am not surprised that I don't see bigger owls.

Imagefirefly
Jun 15, 2010 4:02 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Found this thread and thought I would add some pictures of a Northern Goshawk we have nesting our woods. We have been screamed at for a couple months and watched the nest building, been swooped a hundred times and now the little ones are on their own. Not the greatest pictures, but this is what I was able to get without losing my head.

First a mad dad.

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Imagefirefly
Jun 15, 2010 4:04 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Another.

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Imagefirefly
Jun 15, 2010 4:08 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
And the kids in the nest.

(sorry, not able to set up a tripod to get a better picture, dad and mom protect the area pretty well)

Sunday the kids were flying around the area. DH said one flew to a branch and hung upside down by one foot for quite a while like he wasn't sure what to do. Later they were flying back and forth in the area. Did not see any of them yesterday at all. Sure was fun to watch.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jun 15, 2010 4:25 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Great photos Christine! I've never seen one of those before.
Imagefirefly
Jun 16, 2010 4:43 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Thanks, glad you like him. You have never seen one really, until you have seen one squaking a couple inches from your prone head.
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