The Steller's Jay and the Hawk
scene one: jay vs peanut
I threw some peanuts out on the porch this morning. Sometimes squirrels eat them, sometimes Steller's jays. This time, a jay was scarfing them up.
scene two: hawk vs jay, peanut escapes
Suddenly, a hawk swooped down. The jay made a panicked run for it, hit the ground, lost one of his peanuts in the fray.
scene three: hawk vs jay, the race is on.
It was a close chase for a moment.
scene four: the jay breaks away.
Life goes on, this time.
scene five: the hawk circles, looking for his next target.
Ask not for whom the hawk hunts, he hunts for thee.
Hawk Anatomy 101
Here is a hawk eye
Here is a hawk eye with its nictitating membrane cover. He can blink without ever taking his eye off you.
Business end of the leg.