A brave barn swallow chases a male northern harrier above a wetlands near Fern Ridge Lake in Lane County, Oregon. Photo taken June 2011.
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Priceless capture! Love the expression of the harrier! Beautiful shot!
Brave little soul!! Wonderful capture!!
your works too. this is amazing! almost unreal.
Crikey! What a super shot, absoluetly amazing.j
Oh, my yes. Dazed & confused, maybe, even. What a shot. Who won?
Thanks, Sheila. Unfortunately, in the next frame of the sequence, the hawk got the little swallow. It must have been a quick nab, because one second the swallow was on the hawk’s tail, the next second it was speared by the talons.
Hard to swallow, but the nature of Nature. And not surprising.
1 Day 2011/06/30
a suicide mission?
Yes, afraid so. The swallow was feeding her fledglings, chased the hawk as if to chase it away, then appeared to have gotten snagged when she got to close.
Wonderful capture, love the action. The Harrier almost looks scared.
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