Flying With Its Tail Between Its Legs

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Heather Mellon

It can be quite a spectacle to see the raptors crying out for mercy from a bird far smaller than they are. I witnessed a raven getting the same treatment from an eastern kingbird yesterday and of course I didn't have my camera with me. A beautiful portrait of this hawk hiding out Harold and I like the story behind the image.

Harold Fleming

Like humans, I would say, Heather, they will go a long way to protect their kids.


good shot i hop they got him

Harold Fleming

Thank you, Jeff!

Yves Langlois

Very nice capture Harold. The white background is just perfect to highlight the subject. Great detail of the wawk and the old fead tree.. Like it very much.

Harold Fleming

I'm lucky he ducked enough to avoid the branch in front of his face, Yves. I'm a big fan of these dead trees myself, especially with raptors. You have to be aware of your exposure though. They can be very bright when the sun is on them.

Harold Fleming

The Hawk is looking at a robin on another branch. It would have told the story better if I could have included the robin in the scene but it was just too far away.

Debra Plett

Great moment to capture Harold, he does look like he is trying to take cover. Wonderful focus and details in this image. Very nicely captured.

I was wandering through a local gravel pit area when this Red-tailed Hawk flew out from behind a hill of gravel and landed in a tree. There was lots of noise and I realized he was being harrassed by a pair of robins. They would not leave the Hawk alone. I was Taking a couple of photos when I heard this noise come out of the hawk. It was the growl a cat makes when it is backed into a corner by another cat or a dog.
Taken By
Harold Fleming
Taken On
June 22, 2021
bird wildlife birds redtail hawk animal accipiter buzzard
  • Focal: 300
  • Lens Model: EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • Shutter speed: 0.0005 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 5.6

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