Northern Hawk Owl

Jody MelansonJody Melanson Capturing God's CreationsRegistered Users Posts: 416 Major grins

This guy was sitting on top of a pole and had just finished eating half of a Vole he caught. I saw him keep looking up and I tried looking to see what he was looking at, but couldn't see anything. Well all of a sudden he takes flight and latches onto a Mourning Dove in the tree right in front of me. It weighed too much for him to fly with, so the both of them tumbled to the ground 15' in front of us. (talk about right place, right time!) I've photographed 5 different Northern Hawk Owls over 14 years and this is the first time I've ever seen one catch a bird, let alone a Mourning Dove! He tried to fly with it, but being 1/2 his body weight, he couldn't get far with it.

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