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2011-12-10 18:19:49
RWB could actually manage to momentarily land on an RTH in some circumstances, as witnessed by a video . The top airspeed of the hawk (about 37 mph) far exceeds that of the RWB (17-23mph), BUT the top airspeed of the hawk is probably measured in a 'drop fall' when it is catching prey from above (it folds its wings and 'divebombs'). Here, RWB is seen to land on a hawk.
2011-12-10 17:39:24
god, you're so ridiculous.. "I can see some pixelation":D :D
2011-12-10 17:24:34
You can see an article from the author itself, it's not a photoshop, and it's not that uncommon, it lands on the hawk's back only for a few seconds.
2008-05-07 23:32:42
I can see some pixelation around the head of the blackbird. Also her shadow is not very convincing.
2008-05-07 02:23:04
obvious photoshop!
2008-05-06 12:12:07
Yeah, I've often seen small birds attack birds of prey (owls, hawks, eagles, etc). However, I don't think that's it. Small birds never try to LAND on bigger birds. At most, they just want to "hit" them. If the blackbird were attacking the hawk, its wings (and tail for that matter) would have been spread out because it would have been slowing down and/or turning from trying to catch up with the hawk. That applies even if you assume some insane blackbird DID want to land on a hawk. If you've seen birds flying and/or landing, you know that the wings are NEVER in that position, no matter what they're doing. Bending its wings like that even for a second would make it temporarily lose control... something it doesn't want to do when nearing another flying object, especially when it is a hawk.The lack of control/stability is also why I highly doubt that the blackbird is just "riding" the hawk (and wasn't just a really lucky photo shot). Again, even if you assume that a blackbird was insane enough to want to ride a hawk, it would find it extremely hard to get a hold (feathers), and besides, that position is FAR from stable. The Blackbird would need some damn strong legs to ride a hawk...
2008-05-06 11:38:02
I don't have a source, but I've seen attacks where blackbirds have come awfully close to landing on flying hawks. Blackbirds are faster and more agile in the air than hawks because they're so much smaller. Several will circle around a hawk and dart at it to try and drive it away from their nests, and they are pretty fearless when it comes to defending their young. I wouldn't be surprised to find out this picture is real, as this blackbird looks like s/he's leaning into the turn the hawk is making, and s/he's balanced just right. S/he looks like s/he's on that hawk like a passenger in a taxi, and I don't think there's anything the hawk can do to get rid of the unwanted rider.
2008-05-06 01:20:31
I don't buy it. Source anyone?
2008-05-06 00:59:16
Amazing.. but you'd almost have to think it's photoshopped.
2008-05-05 22:09:11
That's an incredible picture, if it is real.
2008-05-05 21:43:18
Get out of my territory!