Incredible moment hawk is photobombed by wasp

This is the hilarious reaction of a hawk photobombed by a WASP.

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The hawk appears open mouthed as the wasp photobombs the photograph

Elena Murzyn, 22, captured the image of the Cooper’s hawk looking startled as the yellow and black striped insect buzzed in front of him while on a visit to Seattle.

HAWK PHOTOBOMBED BY WASP

Captured looking a little startled, the hawk stares intently at the flying insect

The student, from Spokane, Washington, took her first photo at the age of 13 and couldn’t believe her eyes when the hawk was photobombed.

HAWK PHOTOBOMBED BY WASP

The wasp flies in to the path of the unsuspecting hawk

Elena, who also works as an animal caretaker, said: “The Cooper’s hawk in the photo is actually an imprint falconry that was raised by a falconer.

HAWK PHOTOBOMBED BY WASP

The young hawk was stopped mid-squawk by the travelling bug

“In the photo, he is just over two months old, and due to his human-reared upbringing, talks, chirps, and screams his thoughts constantly.

“What made the photo so fantastic was seeing this incredibly talkative bird literally stop mid-scream to focus on the unexpected wasp so near his beak.

“If you look closer, you’ll notice that at the moment of the photo, only one eye is actually focused on the wasp.

“The other is still in the direction he was looking a fraction of a second earlier.

“The sequence of photos before and after shows his scream start, freeze, start again, and then end as he tries to eat the wasp – it was incredible.”

Keen animal photographer Elena came agonisingly close to deleting the snap but was left in stitches after spotting the image while searching through the images on her camera.

She said: “I did not realise I had managed to capture such a rare moment on film until I ran through the photos later that evening.

“I knew there had been a wasp buzzing around while I was out with the camera, but I told myself it was probably well out of focus and a lost chance anyway.

“The wasp was only there for a span of perhaps two seconds.

“I was tapping the next arrow repeatedly through the photos desperately trying to find one that highlighted the excellent lighting over his feathers, and deleting the ones that looked even slightly off in the same motion.

“I remember tapping past this one, getting maybe three or four past it, pausing, and tapping back slowly.

“I laughed harder in that moment than I had all week.

“That instant reaction of hilarity is why I love this photo and from what I’ve heard and seen, it seems to be a pretty universal reaction.”