Then the din stops and I hear one of the guys say, "look, man, it's a hawk."
"Yeah, it's a hawk and he's caught a bird...and he's trying to drown it."
Well, that was something I couldn't resist, so I grabbed the trusty Canon EOS Rebel XT and ran over to the edge of the boat slip next door to see what was going on.
Sure enough there was a hawk in shallow water at the foot of the boat ramp holding another bird under the water. It looked as though the hawk were trying to drown the bird, his intended dinner no doubt, but I think he was following his usual protocol of holding the bird down until the hawk's talons put an end to the bird's struggles. Really doubt that the hawk had a concept of drowning, per se; rather, he just happened to land in the water with his prey.***
Moments after I took this shot the bird moved to the left out of my line of sight...so I walked along the hedges to the left hoping to get a clear view...when I hear this big flapping of wings and the hawk, prey in claws, dripping water, comes over the hedge right at my head.
***Note: Please see post #43 for a correction on this.
The hawk then flew to the other side of the yard and landed near the sidewalk where he allowed me to approach close enough to get this portrait.
Shortly, however, the hawk with prey took the the air and flew back across the yard out of my sight. I rushed over there, but he was gone.
Something like this doesn't happen every day.
frigatebirds floating through the skies over the Bay today. While this is not a great photo, the birds are spectacular. Their wingspan can be as much as 7.5 feet. The hotlink in the line above will take you to a lot more information...and additional photos.