3:28:34PM Look carefully and you will see that Pale Male is being mobbed by any number of smaller birds. See all the little black specks?
Here's another crop. PM is way down at the bottom edge in the forefront of a lot of really angry passerines.
Is part of the reason Pale Male is coming in this direction with the mob of birds because he is leading them past the nest to show the eyasses this particular hunting technique? I think that the teaching of hunting techniques starts before the eyasses even leave the nest.
With no more interesting parental flights the eyasses settle into the nest. Well sort of settle. The oldest eyass tends to be looking for action most of the time.
With the other two eyasses occupied, Little feels safe enough to pop up. Little being so much smaller than the other two, he appears to be learning how to be a stealth hawk like his father.
4:00:00 Time passes. Suddenly everyone looks up. Then it is back to eyass business.
Large enjoys a good tussle. One of the reasons Little keeps such a low profile.
Something happens of interest, taking Large's focus and Medium goes limp. One of the ways to possibly get Large to leave her alone. (Little uses it all the time.)
It doesn't work for Medium. Large just buffets Medium a little with her wings. Still no wrestling from Medium.
So Large stands on Medium. See Medium's head under Large's body?
Large gets bored with standing on Medium when she doesn't react so gets off her. Then something attracts everyone's attention.
Large goes over and "menaces" Medium. When that doesn't get any desired action....
Little keeps his head down. Nobody is being any "fun" so Large goes over and digs around in the scrap pile. The last hold out on the Bench leaves.
The scolding had been going on for awhile but it escalates and eventually the noise of so many infuriated birds takes my focus from the nest. Remember the last time we saw Pale Male he had a flock of birds chasing him. It goes on and on and finally I have to go down there and look. I pick up my stuff and start to go toward the copse of trees...
5:15:43PM Suddenly two raptors appear. An intruder? I take the second bird to be Pale Male. Wait the other bird is going to hit the Fisher building! No! And I'm the only one at the Hawk Bench!
The first bird turns at the absolute last second. I about have a heart attack! I am shooting rapid fire on autofocus beyond the capability of my lens so the pictures have come out rather strange. I'm not all together sure what exactly happened here.
5:15:49 Pale Male, carrying prey, has taken a curve back (lower right) and Octavia is above the roof.
The prey is a bird. The next picture may be a bit grisly for some. If feeling sensitive...skip it.It is a Blue Jay. Remember how Pale Male just kept sitting there letting them attack him...as did Octavia? They
lured them into a sense of over-confidence and then they nabbed one. It took teamwork on their part...and crafty stealth. Blue Jays are smart but with rather bad tempers and it was the temper that likely got them into trouble. Pale Male hasn't lasted this long by living on emotion. He calculates.
I'm assuming that Octavia allowed herself to be attacked within those trees. And Pale Male used the cover for a stealth attack from out of "nowhere" and nabbed a jay. Then they both took off at hyper speed.
I hadn't seen Pale Male since 3:38 on my very first view of the area for the day. And I hadn't seen Octavia at all since my arrival. Both hawks had been under cover for nearly two hours. Everyone else had already left the Hawk Bench as "nothing was going on" so I think I may have been the only one to see this particular interaction unless there was another watcher at a different location.
Happy Hawking! And remember even if it looks like nothing is going on...something probably IS going on.