Frank Tassone Haikai Challenge #17 Hawk – Haibun


Frank Tassone Haikai Challenge #17 Hawk – Haibun

Photo CreditSwamp Harrier in New Zealand.

Frank say’s write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, renga/renku, haiga, etc.) in which you name or reference Hawk.

Hawk Haibun

Sad to say we don’t see many New Zealand Hawks. Living on the farm in Okoki you would see them occasionally circling around the ranges looking for food, then along would come a half-a-dozen Magpies attacking them, the hawk would try to fly away, many times the magpies would bring them down.

walking around bush
there on the ground a dead hawk
magpies won again


Photo Credit –  An immature Brown Goshawk in flight chased by a Magpie.


    • They keep attacking the hawk until they bring it down and in most cases, they eat them if they are short of food. They are protecting their area, which is a large area if there are many of them.
      It is not only hawks, they do this to there are other birds as well.


  1. I believe the lion is called King of the Jungle because he does not have “hunters” in nature. Referring to question above. Do you know if that is true? I guess I need to do that? Tomorrow or sometime. 😀

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    • Thanks Oneta for answering that comment. I had not thought about the lion, you are most likely correct. Yesterday I couldn’t think of anything. I will do some research on this subject also.
      All the best for a peaceful week.

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  2. That is also news to me, too, Elsie. I had no idea the Magpie was such a hunter. I have them around my area, but, I’ve never seen this behaviour.
    I found this on Wikipedia:
    “Magpies were introduced into New Zealand in the 1860s but have subsequently been accused of displacing native birds and are now treated as a pest species.”
    I really enjoyed researching, Elsie, I’ve found a lot of information I haven’t been aware of. They’ve always been a favourite of mine. The article went on to say that, in Australia, they will defend their territory against raptors, though, it is considered ‘warning’ behaviour only.
    I must admit, I do enjoy the Magpie song, which I hear quite often… 🙂

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    • Thanks for replying, Magpies are very interesting birds and can be very friendly, we had a friend that had one he had hand-reared that had fallen from a nest in a storm, it could talk like a human, but very cruel to other birds as you said defending their territory.

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      • My Grandfather had a maggie he’d rescued as an injured bird, then he hand reared it. The maggie was calm and friendly with him, but, a real swauwker with anyone else. I still thought he was very cool though.. 🙂

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  3. Oh Elsie, I love your haikai and how you paired it with that photo. It’s great information and beautiful imagery and creativity. Have a blessed weekend! Much love — Debbie ps: feel free to contribute again to #ForgivingFridays if you want to!

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