Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Battle of the Birds

During my recent vacation stop at Gingko Petrified Forest Interpretative Center, I enjoyed watching a territory battle between a Common Raven and a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.  The birds spent a good twenty minutes or so swooping around the cliffs, up and down, and over and around the Center.  Oh, how I wished a pro photographer had been there!  But I snapped what I could, and here are the results:

Combatant number one:  Raven

Combatant number two:  Hawk

Raven chases Hawk:

Hawk chases Raven:

I have no idea who is chasing who here:

Hawk gives up and flies away, perhaps to do battle another day.

I'm so glad I was there at precisely the right time to see this fabulous encounter.


  1. Wow, those are wonderful. I don't blame the hawk for leaving. There is something about ravens.

    Eric and I once saw ravens doing their courting flights amongst a group of paragliders.


    1. Yup, the raven was very vocal and very persistent. And the hawk was a juvenile, and possibly bit off more than it could handle. They were very evenly matched in size, though, and it did go back and forth quite a lot.

      Courting flights among paragliders?? Fabulous!

  2. How perfect Alex, being in the right place at the right time, sensational photos