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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:50 am 
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I ran down to the creek yesterday to try to get some shots of some wild flowers. Hiking along the bank when when I was spotted by a momma wood duck and her kids.
The babies made a quick swim to the shore and "ducked" into cover.
Momma put on the "lame duck" act trying to get me to follow her down stream.

Out of nowhere from behind me this hawk came zipping past my head and nailed her right in the deepest section of the pool!
I had my short lens on so I had to make a quick change before I could do anything. I could hear all kinds of splashing going on but I couldn't see over a mound of creek rocks.
When I finally got situated and peaked over the rise, I saw momma duck shoot under the creek bank and this hawk swimming for shore on the other side!

Momma took a solid hit and there were feathers floating everywhere. She curled up in a hole and didn't come back out while I was there. I'm not sure if she'll survive or not.
Mr. Hawk didn't stick around long once he dried out from his warp speed plunge!
Very cool to see such an attack so close!

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Very cool!

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You did a great job of keeping your cool and getting excellent images. Definitely a rarely seen event.


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Incredible story and images!

There's just something about birds of prey . . . and nice to see them doing what they do best.

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Yes Very Incredible and Thanks For Sharing.....


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Thanks for checking them out and commenting guys!
I had a similar close encounter last summer with a hawk and a snake but I wasn't quick enough with the camera and didn't think I'd ever get the opportunity to redeem myself.
Luck was on my side this time!

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Superb photos, not something anyone gets to see very often and you managed to get some excellent pictures. Ya done good!

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What an awesome story and shots!


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Some super action shots of that raptor...it's not often you get good sharp photos of these birds...!!

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