Yesterday morning during breakfast, Morgan says "Mom you should see this huge hawk sitting in the tree!" I grabbed the camera and then realized the guineas were making a racket and I got really scared really fast. Luckily they were in their house perfectly aware there was a threat outside the door. This brazen immature Northern Goshawk came out of the tree (the one you've seen in so many of my sunrise shots), flew right past their door, and up into a small juniper still near the coop.Now, I'm learning guineas don't like to be harassed, they flocked out of their coop straight toward the culprit making quite the noise. You can see the hawk in the tree to the left and the guineas heading right for him. Maybe crows are related to guinea fowl because they too were having a fit and letting everyone know what was going on in the neighborhood. I tried to get close to the hawk, he left with the crows on his tail, but it wasn't very long before the guineas were squawking at the front of the yard. I guess there is no way those kids are going to give that hawk the element a distant hit. I tried again to get a close-up shot but these are still cropped quite a bit. He shuffled through the branches to get a better evil-eye on them
Shortly after this last photo he took off and I thought that was the end of him. The guineas were on the porch where they knock knock on the door, but instead of a semi-gentle tapping I heard a big WHAM...and ran to see the hawk high-tailing it to the south!
I still have thirteen very healthy Guinea Fowl with no bumps on their heads!