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   Pie  Tuesday Sep 29 11:45 PM

Sept 30, 2009: Hitchhawker

Tiny bird's incredible piggyback ride on hawk

Look out, it's the hitchhawker!

This is the moment a tiny but very angry kingbird hitched a piggyback ride on a red tail hawk. The feisty little flyer began attacking the bird of prey after it ventured too near its nest.

Pat Gaines, 41, captured the moment at Bonny Lake park in Colorado.
'I've never seen a hawk harassed so much. The kingbird pecked at its head as the hawk flew away screaming,' she said.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 30 12:20 AM

Naw, times are tough, so that hawk is just making a few bucks moonlighting as a taxi.

jinx  Wednesday Sep 30 12:26 AM

An excellent start to a Turducken type dish...

birdclaw  Wednesday Sep 30 09:59 AM

I had no idea hawks were such sissies.

Shawnee123  Wednesday Sep 30 10:06 AM

Most aren't.

birdclaw  Wednesday Sep 30 10:18 AM

Well I guess that could be one fearless little kingbird. I mean how does one get to be king if they aren't a little bit bad ass?

Shawnee123  Wednesday Sep 30 10:21 AM

It's good to be the king(bird)

newtimer  Wednesday Sep 30 11:34 AM

I've often seen little birds flying chasing away crows and hawks that are much bigger than they are. I assumed the bigger birds got into the little birds' territories. Good photo.

Gravdigr  Wednesday Sep 30 05:14 PM

Fry 'em up & eat 'em up, mm mm good!

SPUCK  Thursday Oct 1 04:56 AM

Bird Rodeo.

TheMercenary  Saturday Oct 3 10:10 AM

Quite the pic.

ZenGum  Saturday Oct 10 07:01 PM

Manouverability trumps size in air combat.

Dagney  Saturday Oct 10 10:21 PM

"I'm the king of the birrrrrrrd"

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Oct 31 11:44 PM

Another one.

SPUCK  Sunday Nov 1 05:43 AM

Great.. It 's a peckdemic.

ZenGum  Sunday Nov 1 10:28 PM

Increiable pics, Bruce ... that hawk must get so pissed off by that.

SPUCK  Monday Nov 2 05:40 AM

To me that second one looks photoshopped.
That dog don't point.

ZenGum  Monday Nov 2 07:07 AM

I'm getting slow. It's not a king bird, it's a hawker harrier.

Adak  Monday Nov 2 08:57 AM

The defense against this, is the raptor suddenly rolling over, and grabbing the offending attacker in it's talons.

Since the hawks and eagles are larger, and slower to maneuver, this doesn't usually allow them to actually catch the attacker, but it keeps them from from being pecked on the base of their skulls.

It's a trick that can't be used if they're too close to the ground, because they lose a bit of altitude and speed, every time they try it.

Undertoad  Monday Nov 2 12:23 PM


lumberjim  Monday Nov 2 01:21 PM


craig2009  Saturday Nov 7 10:56 PM

Hi all!
I've just visited this forum. Happy to get acquainted with you. Thanks.
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classicman  Saturday Nov 7 11:02 PM

welcome aboard Craig.

Jim, quiz needed in aisle 5!

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Nov 8 12:51 AM

Nope, not needed.

classicman  Sunday Nov 8 05:02 PM


SPUCK  Monday Nov 9 05:46 AM

First lesson:
This is the Pecker Head thread.

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