Okay, not really Gary Cooper or Mickey Mouse. It's Cooper Hawk vs. Field Mouse. I just couldn't think of anything creative for a title.
Lee told me, as he was grabbing a camera, that there was a hawk wandering around by the pool. I thought he must be loosing his mind. Hawks in our part of the world have no interest in water dwelling creatures.
Besides, we have no water dwelling creatures in our pool. Occasionally, we'll find an errant frog, but that's about it. I was sure Lee was mistaken and that it must be a heron of some sort.
It was most definitely a hawk.
But what kind? I didn't figure that out until a couple days later.
Be sure to click on the picture above to get the full effect of his talons.
("Do they have sharp talons?"--quick, name that movie quote!)
The talons look sharp enough to make short work of anything small and fuzzy.
Shoot! He sees us. He's going to fly off.
Boy, did he fly off---right at the kitchen window where we were standing as still as statues!
We scattered, afraid he was going to slam into the window. He'd already done it once during the week in hot pursuit of a pesky English House Sparrow.
Here's where you'll really have to 'click to enlarge'. He is on the ground near the fence post in the middle of the picture. We couldn't imagine what he was after. Any small birds in the area had flown the coop long before we started taking pictures.
One last picture. You can't see what he has, but we could. A mouse!
A moment later, he took to the air and found a nice private tree to enjoy his lunch.
Was all that walking around the pool, a ruse to get to the mouse? When we thought he was looking at us, he must have seen/heard the mouse in the flowers.
Either way, it's obvious it doesn't take much to entertain us. :)
The down side to this encounter----our local song birds have decided to eat elsewhere. The House Sparrows are still around. I wish Gary Cooper would thin them out. He's invited to breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'll light candles and have cloth napkins if that's what it takes.