|Rough-legged hawk by Sheen Watkins|
We live part time near a remote small town on the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan.
Outside of Northport it's quite common to see porcupines, bobcats, skunks, many species of birds and coyotes.
This week, I witnessed the brutal dependency of nature's food chain.
I initially thought I was seeing an injured hawk being attacked by crows.
I rushed to 'rescue' the crow only to discover that a rough-legged hawk had a very live and soon-to-be dinner crow in his talons.
Had I interrupted the process, it would mean a suffering crow that probably wouldn't survive. Then there would be another needed food target for the hawk if he didn't have this meal.
|Protecting Dinner by Sheen Watkins|
From capture, to defending his meal, he was he was doing what he needed to do to survive.
As a bystander, I wanted to save the crow. I also wanted the hawk to eat.
The balance of nature. The balance of life. Nature in all her beauty has a side that is uncomfortable and painful.
As a photographer, I'm grateful to see and enjoy nature in her finest. I'm also grateful that she shares her reality - it's up to us to ensure that the complete food chain, the balance, is protected.
|Plucking before eating by Sheen Watkins|
I also appreciate that no matter how tough my week, or day may be - I'm not being eaten by a hawk.