Warning! If you do not like sad stories or the harsh reality of Nature then enjoy this first image and move on.
Last evening I was sitting at the breakfast bar in our kitchen visiting about the day with Jeanne and she was preparing a salad looking out the window.
She started to say “oh look the little bunny… and then she shrieked, Oh no the Hawk!!
For several years we’ve had a rabbit living in and around our back yard. We see him almost every day and often times we see him sitting at the edge of our property where our neighbor has a lot of plants and flowers.
Apparently he ran across our patio and right in front of our kitchen window when the huge red-tailed hawk swooped down and trapped him.
Jeanne ran off down the hallway and I opened the back door to see if I could get a better look at him. Sure enough he had the rabbit in a death grip with his talons. When he saw me he tried to fly away with the rabbit. As big as he was the rabbit was simply too large for him to get airborne so all he could do was hop a few feet away.
Now ever the photographer I ran inside grabbed a camera and without checking any of the settings (which by the way were not correct) I started firing away. It was after a few seconds I noticed the rabbit was still kicking (literally) and so I grabbed a rake and brushed the hawk away from the rabbit.
I could hear my Friend Ann (the DNR Naturalist) saying in my ear, you have to let Nature take its course. But I couldn’t help myself.
I tried to help the rabbit but it was obvious that the damage had been done. He couldn’t get up and I could tell he was suffering. The hawk hadn’t gone too far so I left the rabbit and went back into the house. It was sad but it is the cycle of life and I shouldn’t have interfered.
I suspect it won’t be long until the squirrels are gone too. 😦
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.