Dining and Dashing in Siouxland, Sioux City

4 Apr
A Cooper’s Hawk eats a dark eyed junco song bird on the railing of a deck it killed in the backyard of a residence in Sioux City, Iowa March 31, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I enjoy watching nature in Siouxland and have begun spending more time doing that, as well as spending time at local parks and preserves. That said, I was never really interested as a youth in watching those Wild Kingdom television show that showed nature in all its glory, including the lesser creatures being eaten by the bigger creatures.

As A friend recently said, that’s life in the animal kingdom. And I get that. I just don’t have to watch it. And so when it’s up close and personal outside a window, nature becomes all too real.

A Cooper’s Hawk eats a dark eyed junco song bird on the railing of a deck it killed in the backyard of a residence in Sioux City, Iowa March 31, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A Cooper’s Hawk eats a dark eyed junco song bird on the railing of a deck it killed in the backyard of a residence in Sioux City, Iowa March 31, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I didn’t see the take down, but watched through a window at the back of a house and of course, shot a few photographs. I quietly tried to slip out a side door to continue shooting, but not through a window, but the hawk was having none of that as it probably wanted to defend its mid morning snack and continued its meal elsewhere.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A Cooper’s Hawk eats a dark eyed junco song bird on the railing of a deck it killed in the backyard of a residence in Sioux City, Iowa March 31, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Even though it blends into its surroundings, a Cooper’s Hawk looks about as it eats a dark eyed junco it took from a backyard of a residence in Sioux City, Iowa March 31, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

2 Responses to “Dining and Dashing in Siouxland, Sioux City”

  1. spanishwoods April 4, 2022 at 8:51 am #

    Difficult to witness I find, but fascinating nonetheless
    Great shots

    • jerrymennenga April 4, 2022 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you. I agree. It’s why I have a hard time watching animal shows that show different species hunting. The hunting is interesting, going in for the kill, time to channel surf. The animal kingdom, is many ways reflects society.

      Thanks for reading. jerry

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