What’s a Hawk Supposed To Do?

A 8:30 AM start to our paddle on Griggs Reservoir a few days ago meant we weren’t expecting to see much wildlife, but a sunny day with little wind meant a good day for a paddle.

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The first order of business was to check out the cove, not far from our launch site, usually good for birds, to see what might be lurking. After a few minutes of quiet waiting, we were excited to see our first Black-crowned Night Heron of the year. It had apparently decided to hang around a little later into the day just for us.

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Black-crowned Night Heron, Griggs Reservoir

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Black-crowned Night Heron’s can be found in a few isolated locations around Columbus. Griggs Reservoir is one of them. A real treat!

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Leaving the heron we hugged the west shore as we headed north.

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Catalpa Flowers, (Donna)

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The west shore of the reservoir.

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Thistle? (Donna)

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We hadn’t paddled long when we saw a Red-tailed Hawk posed majestically in the top of a tall pine right along the shore.

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Red-tailed Hawk

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I took a few pictures but it was hard not to notice the orange streaks in the viewfinder, so I kept shooting.

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The attack begins . . .

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From all angles.

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Reinforcements arrive.

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The attack continues . . .

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After more attacks than the number of pictures indicates, the hawk decides to take flight. Leaving the area to the orioles.

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A little further on we see the reason of the orioles aggressive behavior. They were nesting.

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Male Baltimore Oriole at nest.

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We reached the Hayden Run Bridge and decided a break was in order. Once out of the canoe it wasn’t long before Donna was finding interesting things to look at and photograph.

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Time for a break, Hayden Run Falls Park.

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Hayden Run

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Eastern Comma, (Donna)

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Fragile Forktail, (Donna)

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Hairy Beardtongue, (Donna)

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Along with the beauty of Ohio’s waterways and natural areas there’s always the other stuff, predominately beverage containers, but also other associated trash. Based on observations paddling in states that have beverage container deposit laws, most of the trash seen in Ohio reservoirs is due to the lack of such a law. The trash either gets in them directly or via the storm sewers. Below is an example of some of the trash we were able to retrieve during our 3 hour 5 mile paddle.

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By the time we got back to our launch site we had accumulated quite a bit more.

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The return trip was pleasant but relatively uneventful with few photo opportunities, but it had been a good day for a paddle. To end on a high note, I thought I’d dress up the end of this post with a few more nice butterfly photos taken by my wife.

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Cabbage White, (Donna)

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Cabbage White, (Donna)

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Red Admiral, (Donna)

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Hackberry Emperor, (Donna)

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Thanks for stopping by.

9 Comments on “What’s a Hawk Supposed To Do?

  1. Thank you for sharing.
    You seem to enjoy photographing and know how to make good use of your Lumix.
    Also thanks for taking care (pickup trash) of our metropark lands. I have lots of thing to learn from you.
    Ba

    Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 17:59:14 +0000
    To: bahuynh@hotmail.com

    • We have a lot of fun just being in nature. The FZ200’s work out real well for us when we don’t feel like hauling something bigger. Picking up trash is one way we give thanks for the wonderful things we see and experience.

  2. I like the shots of the orioles and hawk too, and that’s the first oriole nest I’ve ever seen on a blog. I wish you could’ve seen the whole thing.
    I’m not sure what kind of flower the possible thistle is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

  3. Very entertaining attack pictures and I enjoyed the insects once again. You see a lot of wildlife on your wanders!

  4. Your collection of photos of the orioles mobbing the hawk is incredible! This past summer I witnessed a pair of hooded crows mobbing a steppe buzzard but the photos I got were nowhere near as entertaining as yours. Phenomenal work!

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