Video of the Day: Sharp-shinned Hawk Enjoying Breakfast

by John Briggs on March 6, 2011

in Birding Videos, Blog, Maine Birds, Video of the Day

Sharon and I were watching a pair of first year Bald Eagles harassing ducks from our picture window Saturday morning. Suddenly, all of the birds in our backyard took off in a frenzy. A Sharp-shinned Hawk came from seemingly nowhere and snatched a Mourning Dove. Feathers floated  everywhere as the hawk flew off with its prize.

We thought the hawk had left the area. Upon further investigation from our deck, Sharon spied it under a spruce tree and motioned for me to come outside to check it out. I grabbed my camera rig and went out onto the deck and there it was, ripping feathers from the fresh kill. I followed one of the paths, that I shoveled clear of snow, to one of the birds feeders and took the following video.

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Dimension: 560×480 | Video bit rate: 1000Kbps | Length: 36 sec.
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Video: Sharp-shinned Hawk | ©2011 John Briggs Photography
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Sharp-shinned Hawk eating a Mourning Dove

Happy birding!

 

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