A Swainson’s Hawk missed prey hand off

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A missed prey hand off from the adult to the juvenile Swainson's HawkA missed prey hand off from the adult to the juvenile Swainson’s Hawk

I am having an awful time posting because my cell signal here at Red Rock Lakes NWR is cruddy this trip so I have to keep this short or not post at all. During previous trips the signal has been fine.

I sat with some juvenile Swainson’s Hawks yesterday morning for quite some time and it eventually paid off when an adult came in to hand off prey but the young hawk missed. The vole fell to the ground and after the adult Swainson’s flew off…

A juvenile Swainson's Hawk diving after the missed prey hand offA juvenile Swainson’s Hawk diving after the missed prey hand off

The juvenile Swainson’s dove down to the ground after it. It was pretty nifty to see through my lens. I hope I get to spend more time with these raptors.

I had more that I wanted to write about this but I have grown tired of trying to fight my cruddy cell signal. Maybe it will get better. I hope so. Fighting the signal takes the winds out of my sails.

Life is good.



  1. wendy chapman September 12, 2015 at 4:09 am

    HI Mia, Have you learned about the fate of the barn owl Ron and you rescued? It was such a sad and poignant photo and situation and I have been wondering if the owl lived. I think it was so fortunate you drove by and were able to give it a hand. Thanks, Wendy

  2. Elephant's Child September 11, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Echoing (again) Patty. Enjoy yourself. Never mind the post – though I loved this as always.

  3. Mary McAvoy September 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    The failed pass-off is a great photo! Those “lucky” shots only come to those who put in the time!
    Kudos to you.
    (I always feel sorry for the prey…though I accept it’s nature’s way.)

  4. Utahbooklover September 11, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Great images and story. I liked your use of the word nifty…haven’t heard it for awhile.

  5. Cindy September 11, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Take care of you first, Mia. I and the others are just grateful for all you do for our feathered friends and sharing your love of them with us. Gorgeous birds—gorgeous images. 🙂

  6. Patty Chadwick September 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

    To heck with psting…just enjoy!!!

  7. Charlotte (Prairie Birder) September 11, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Watching young birds is alway fun — wonderful shots, Mia!

  8. Bob Mcpherson September 11, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Dang, Mia, those are great pictures. Don’t let the cyber goblins getcha down.

  9. suzanne mcdougal September 11, 2015 at 5:27 am

    beautiful shots.

  10. Liz Cormack September 11, 2015 at 4:31 am

    So glad you could get these photos posted….fantastic!

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