During one of our last days in Maine, this Red-tailed Hawk decided to make a presence in one of the trees near the Osprey nest in our harbor. As one would expect, the Ospreys were not happy as they had two young fledglings in their nest nearby. What captured my attention was the constant "cheep cheep cheep" had turned into a "cheereek cheereek cheereek" cry and upon looking out my window, I observed the Osprey diving towards our birch tree.
Of course, I grabbed my camera and ran down near the tree and sat there for the next 30 minutes as the Osprey circled and dive bombed the Hawk, clipping leaves from the tree with each swoop.
As you can see from the images,
the Hawk simply ignored the Osprey and gave him no heed.
Over and over and over again,
the Osprey swooped in ...
... while the Hawk
continued scoping out the field below.
They both totally ignored me which was surprising. I thought my presence would scare at least the Hawk away.
He only gave me the evil eye now and then.
We were treated to this scenario one more time that evening as we enjoyed a glass of wine on our neighbor's deck. But this time, the tree was much closer to the Osprey's nest. Perhaps the Hawk was interested in those little ones after all.
Sure hope not. The fledglings had recently begun flying and probably will be leaving the nest in the next few weeks. Kind of miss hearing their "cheep cheep cheep". ~sigh~
Later, my friends,