Sunday, June 9, 2013

Seven Beets, Two Hawks, and a Dead Bunny (Repost From 2012)

Pulling Beets for Supper



Heard a Rustling



It turns out it was an immature red-tailed hawk.

It flew low to the ground.

It was carrying something.

At first it looked like a snake, but then saw it was a dead bunny.

The hawk gained a bit of altitude...

...when a smaller hawk, about the size of a kestrel, came out of a tree and made a play for the  bunny.

They tussled midair.

The larger hawk managed to hold on to its dinner.

Every time it started to fly, the smaller hawk would again go after the bunny.

Finally the larger hawk escaped, sticking very low to the ground.

The smaller hawk could not get the food, but it still ended the day better off than the bunny.

22 comments:

Susan R said...

Miss Muffy you're on a roll here with awesome posts. Those are the most amazing shots...who took the photos?
Furthermore, I don't know if there's anyone on the face of this planet who likes beets as much as I do. Pleased to see that garden, it's beautiful.

Muffy Aldrich said...

@Susan R - This was going to be a beets entry, but we got sidetracked. Our friends have highly productive organic gardens, so I cannot take credit for those. Nor can I take credit for the photos. That would be my husband.

James said...

All I can think to say is"Wow!"

Farrah said...

Poor bunny. Such is the food chain, however. I would like to hear what you did with the beets. I've never cooked them before.

Casey said...

At least you didn't see it eat the bunny (like I saw one eating a smaller bird). That was disturbing!

Very nice photos!

Bitsy said...

What an exciting series of photographs!

Also, agree with Farrah -- would love to know how you prepared the beets.

Marie said...

Seeing nature in action is not always pretty, but it is awesome.

Spencer said...

Can one do anything with the leaves from the beets, or are they just for the compost? It seems like a fairly big waste.

Billsburg said...

Roasted beets are so easy yet most people don't know how to cook them. We're lucky enough to have several excellent farmer's markets in the area and enjoy getting white, red and orange/yellow colored beets each week. Cut them in halves or quarters (depending on the size), drizzle with some good olive oil and sea salt, roast @400 degrees until tender. After they cool down a little bit, the skin comes right off. In the summer, we eat them at room temperature or even cold. A little bit of Eden organic apple cider vinegar is a nice addition too.

Greenfield said...

What an astounding series of photos! All the fun of falconry without the work, and now that you mention it, rabbit might go great with beets! ;)

Hawk "kids" learning life skills!

TropicalSunbird said...

Muffy,

Your pictures are always amazing. Thank you. If you ever decide to publish a photo book on coastal New England, I'll be one of the first people to buy it. ; )

The Silver Bunny said...

Ouch !

Anonymous said...

Whoa, right place at the right time with the camera! Amazing photos.

I've had a hawk dive-bomb my deck and almost take out my cat... people with small pets should be warned!

Anonymous said...

Also, I agree with Billsburg about roasted beets. I'll wrestle Susan R. for the title of "biggest beet lover!" I like to roast them whole with olive oil, in foil, and then slide the skins off. For the record, if you then slice them up and just serve them with a bit of good goat cheese, you have an AMAZING and simple dish. I'd love to see your final beets post.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, should have consolidated all my "anonymous" entries. As Muffy might point out, you CAN and SHOULD eat beet greens - they're delicious. Just saute them and enjoy.

Anonymous said...

My husband, a birder, thinks the larger one is an immature red tail hawk, and the smaller one is a Northern Harrier, or marsh hawk.

Our Jack Russell puppy dispatched two baby bunnies this week. As unpleasant as it was, I can't blame him as that's what they were bred for.

I love beets. Unfortunately I'm the only one in the family.

JDSprouse said...

When did you plant your beets? We got a late start on our garden, Mother's Day, simply becasue it was too wet here in our part of PA. Yours look great, we'll have to wait a while.

We have a couple of red tail hawks on our little property. We saw one of them try to carry off a squirrel one day. 'didn't work the squirrel was squriming too much.

JDS

Worthington said...

Your husband has a quick eye. Sorry to say he captured your sadness? raw interest? in the sighting of the bunny!

smr said...

What a beautiful place. Loved the photos of the birds.

Patsy said...

Bad day in Bunnyville.

Chilled cooked beets are excellent with a little sour cream mixed with chives.

skiwithapro said...

Cooked, warm beets with Chevre/goat cheese as an apetizer...

NEW Communications said...

The photos are incredible. What a scene to witness!

A few years back, we had the horrible experience of hearing the calls of an unfortunate bird, captured by a hawk in one of our large maples. I was upset but would be even more so if one of our bunnies was caught, I think.