A Cheeky Blackbird Hitches A Ride On The Back Of A Hawk…

This is the incredible moment a red-winged blackbird took a ride on the back of a red-shoulder hawk in the Viera Wetlands in Florida.

Seconds before the amazing landing, the hawk was being chased by a common grackle, who then flew off, unable to withstand the competition.

The pictures were taken by airline pilot Stuart Kaye, 60, from Gainsville Florida who said that the incident only lasted for a few seconds, with the blackbird pecking at the back of the larger hawk.

The red shoulder hawk, left, is being chased by a red-winged black bird, right, and a common grackle, center, in central Florida.

A Cheeky Blackbird Hitches A Ride On The Back Of A Hawk...

The grackle gives up the chase but the determined blackbird, left, continues on its bizarre mission against the bird of prey.

A Cheeky Blackbird Hitches A Ride On The Back Of A Hawk...

Moments later the blackbird reconfigures for landing extending its claws while on final approach to the red shoulder hawk, left.

A Cheeky Blackbird Hitches A Ride On The Back Of A Hawk...

In an amazing moment, the blackbird pecks at the hawk’s back after landing perfectly on the larger bird of prey’s back mid-air.

A Cheeky Blackbird Hitches A Ride On The Back Of A Hawk...

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