Saturday, September 13, 2008

PhotoHunt: Wild


The PhotoHunt theme this week is "Wild".

That's an American Kestrel perched on a utility pole a couple of yards down from mine, being approached by, believe it or not, a White-Winged Dove!

It looks like an attack, but I'm pretty sure it was just a mistake. The dove did pull up just inches from what might have been, shall we say, an inopportune landing. You know, the kestrel being a hawk and the dove being, well, a dove, and all. Even if they are roughly the same size, I don't think it could have ended well for the dove. Even so, I'm not even sure that the kestrel even noticed!

Click on the photo to get a better look. Wild, huh?

**P.S. -- Keep a good thought for those poor folks on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast -- they're having their own "wild" time with Hurricane Ike (that narrowly missed us) and can use all the good vibes we can send them now, and all the help we can spare, later!

16 comments:

Mec said...

it must be nice living somewhere where such beauties actually visit you :)

anyway, my wild is also up :)

jams o donnell said...

What a wonderful shot. That dove was brave or perhaps foolhardy! Happy weekend

Aileni said...

Small birds frequently mob hawks. They also have quite go at cuckoos.

Dragonstar said...

You caught a great moment there! Good job that dove changed its mind!

The Social Frog said...

Beautiful, very nice.

Greyscale Territory said...

What an amazing pic! Incredible moment!

Deborah said...

What a cool photo! Looks like the dove is attacking the kestrel, doesn't it?
Thanks for visiting my photohunt entry this week!

ktrix said...

nice timing. i like the shot.
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Daisy said...

What an awesome shot! I am glad the dove did not make a terrible mistake.

Brine Queen said...

Hah! I wonder what that dove was thinking...

david mcmahon said...

What a great shot. That's one gutsy dove!

Annie said...

That is truly a wild thing to see- and how wonderful that you had your camera at the time!

Have a nice weekend.

abritdifferent said...

ZHey thanks for the visit. Great shot! I see a lot of amazing birds here in MT. My guess is the dove has a nest nearby and is defending the young...or something.

And absolutely no probs reading my posts, go right ahead! Come back anytime.

Baker Watson said...

Good capture. It's always so hard to get the shot at just the right time. Those opportunities just happen to fast it seems.

Baker
(Thank you for dropping by)

June said...

I have no doubt but that it was a mistake...the poor little dove! Good get.

jam said...

Sorry to hear about the damages done by Hurricane Ike. Mother nature can be 'wild' sometimes too.

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