Hawk vs Squirrel at the dentist
I sat in the dental chair, waiting for Novocaine to take effect, watching a squirrel outside the window filching seeds from the bird feeder. A hawk stepped out from under a nearby bush. Already that seemed odd to me; I always pictured hawks as swooping down, a fluttering of wings and then sharp-taloned death. Dentistry came to a halt as patients and technicians rushed to the windows to see the drama unfold. But what happened next completely surprised me.
The squirrel noticed the hawk and quickly ran around behind him. As I remembered my camera, the hawk lost track of the squirrel. Hawk looked this way and that while the squirrel ran back and forth under the ledge, along the fence, and through the bushes. The squirrel came out of the bush and confronted the hawk; which puffed its feathers and backed away. Three times the squirrel actually charged the hawk.
This particular hawk had entertained my dentist’s customers from time to time by devouring a rabbit in full view of the windows. You look at this picture and you think; “Oh – squirrel is gonna die”. And without the context that’s what it looks like, but notice the feathers – this hawk isn’t braking after swooping in from above; he’s jumping in the air to avoid his attacker which just ran directly at him. It was too much for the fearsome predator; it flew away and the squirrel went back to thieving seeds from the bird feeder.
Rodents are pretty smart, and I’ve heard that birds of prey aren’t too bright. Maybe this squirrel writes inspirational posters for other squirrels.
Oh, one other thing: after 10 months I have a new ceramic tooth on a titanium anchor in an artificial bone graft. So happy to be rid of that plastic thing in my mouth.
- The camera was my little Pentax W60, distinguished by toughness and little else. Oh how I wished for my Canon G11.