Monday, 29 August 2016

What the Hawk did next

While I was waiting for the hummingbird to arrive on the birdfeeder,
I briefly turned towards the tree nearby,
and hidden quietly among the branches was this large hawk!
Must have been about 18 to 20 inches tall.

It was hiding, and trying not to make eye contact with me
But I stared straight into its eyes!
Then it noticed my presence

And it was also eyeing the dove on the branch behind it
(see silhouette below)

The hummingbird arrived,
and then the hawk turned its attention towards it, jut a few feet below.
Would I allow this large bird of prey to catch the pretty, frail hummingbird right before my eyes?
Well, probably not.
(Last year we saw a smaller hawk swoop down and catch a helpless cardinal. Sad ...)

But I would also not harm the hawk. I'd rather allow nature to have its way.
GOD is the creator of all creatures great and small,
and HE is in control of everything that happens,
whatever we see as good and bad

The hawk kept darting its gaze towards the dove, the hummingbird, me, a nearby cardinal,
and lots of other birds as if it was deciding which to catch.
Armed with four types of colour receptors, the hawk as exceptional eyesight,
and it is licensed to kill with its claws!

It gave me one last look,
was this the end ...?

And then, it turned around ...
As if it had lost interest in its pursuit ...

And in a flash it was gone!