Hawk Attack! (or bad day for American Kestrels!)

Thunderstorms ruled the day from sunrise to early afternoon. When the rains finally ended, I suspected that given NE winds providing an easy ride, the hawk migration would be active. In addition, the horrible hunting conditions that were present this morning should mean some very hungry birds! I was not disappointed.

I only wish that the skies had been bright and brilliant for better photographic conditions, but I am NOT complaining!  I had been watching six American Kestrels hunt, and over the course of 20 minutes had slowly worked my way closer and closer. Luck was on my side!

A Sharp-Shinned Hawk Attacks Two American Kestrel
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Before!
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After!
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Post Attack … the Nasty Sharp-Shinned Hawk has moved on!
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