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    Nature/Wildlife Forum Co-Moderator Loupey's Avatar
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    Don't pick up a hitchhiker

    Or you might get your head pecked

    A day in the life of a red-tailed hawk and a northern mockingbird or eastern king bird - tough to make out at this distance.
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    Re: Don't pick up a hitchhiker

    Well that's amazing! Was the hawk trying to figure out how to get dinner off his back?
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    Re: Don't pick up a hitchhiker

    That little bird is risking it's life. POing a big bird like that... whoa!

    Good capture!

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    Re: Don't pick up a hitchhiker

    I looked up a bit on it and I guess kingbirds frequently nest near hawk/falcons. They get protection..the hawk gets bugs eaten plus the kingbird is quite watchful. They've been seen riding for short distances though its rare.
    Fuzzy or not, I'd hang on to that photo.....I couldn't find any others of it happening, Loupey
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    Re: Don't pick up a hitchhiker

    Thanks, Frog and GB, for looking!

    Itís quite common to see small birds harassing larger ones (hawks, crows, vultures, and herons) when they enter their territories. Iíve seen two and even three small birds ganging up on and driving away much larger birds.

    Typically they just dive-bomb the larger birds. But this was the first time that Iíve seen one actually land on one and ride it Ė even if it was for only a second.

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    Re: Don't pick up a hitchhiker

    Very amazing u captured this and the other shots! I always get my camera out about 1 min too late

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    Re: Don't pick up a hitchhiker

    i think this is just hilarious. god that hawk must be pissed off.

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