Thursday, October 10, 2013

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith
The last time I was visiting with my in-laws we were entertained by the presence of a Cooper's Hawk.  My father-in-law, having some excellent photography skills, grabbed his camera and began shooting.  The hawk first landed on the railing of the back deck, where most of the bird feeders are set up.  It was obvious what he/she was after.  There's a thick rose bush lining one side of the deck and many passerines love to hang out inside of it.  The hawk spent about five minutes on the railing checking things out, lept onto the back of a chair near the rose bush then proceeded to "jump" into the tangle of branches and thorns!  He/she completely disappeared inside, causing quite a raucous of noise and excitement among the hiding birds.  Fortunately (for the little birds and the audience!), the hawk was unsuccessful in securing a meal.

So I call this Leap of Faith, for the audacity the hawk exhibited in knowing he/she could get right down into the thick, brambly and dangerous world of a rose bush.  It was quite an impressive act to witness.

There are many more wonderful photos of this bird to work from so don't be surprised if you see a few more during the month.

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