Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Indigestion

We are cautioned, by those full of greater expertise on the matter, to set aside regular time for eating, to not stand and eat over the kitchen sink, to make sure that we think about what we are eating, to really taste it, to chew our food slowly, and to be present and thankful in the moment of the meal.  I was thinking of this when I took the following photos the other day.  We have been having visits by a red-shouldered hawk and a Cooper's hawk who are attracted to the many birds coming to our feeders and to our heated spa.


When eating or drinking they must always keep one eye on the sky.

Or one eye just over the rim of the bird bath before they jump up and glug a bit.


It is most times a matter of eating and running flying into the tangle of the woods.


Sometimes just hiding below the patio table and sitting very, very, still is a good strategy because you never know where that hawk eye is looking.


14 comments:

Brian Miller said...

so can I book an appointment at the heated spa? ha.

it is always good to keep an eye out for others when eating...smiles...

esp when a hawk is in the area...ha

joeh said...

No wonder they are a bit skiddish.

ellen abbott said...

I need a betters camera than the point and shoot for bird pics. These are great.

Mage said...

I think I told you about G's battle with the parrots. Once he scared them off with recorded hawk sounds, he discovered he had moved his crows as well as the hawks on too. These days, with just a little effort, he now lures the crows back with peanuts. They really remember it was he who chased them off.

Red said...

You seem to be pretty cool with your birds being picked off. Some people get very upset about this situation.

Tabor said...

Red, I have great respect for the cycle of life.

Linda Reeder said...

Eating...and being eaten!

Granny Annie said...

I know how the birds feel, especially when my house if full of grandchildren:-)

messymimi said...

That cycle can seem cruel, but it works. The fact is that the predator comes up empty most of the time, and has to try, try again.

Bob Bushell said...

I love your way of telling how little birds and Raptor, beautiful images.

Olga Hebert said...

Wow! Those are stunning bird pictures.
I guess it is a luxury of being higher up on the food chain to be able to relax while dining and savor one's raspberry filled cookies.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Luckily we don't have to dodge bullets while we eat...

I've had alot less small birds since the landlord took down the covering vincia vines off the shed 2 weeks ago.

Mostly the flocked crows, grackles, n gulls are bullying the bread this week.
The many nearby raptors don't see them in my little yard

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Mindful eating.

Hilary said...

It's hard to watch our beloved feathered visitors get picked off but everything has to eat and we're creating the buffet. You got some lovely shots of predator and prey.