Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk

 Look who came to dinner!

Yep, a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).  My husband and I were walking a trail in a  conservation area, enjoying nature and taking photos with a million hundred other people on Sunday afternoon. Chickadees and bluejays were enjoying seeds provided by their human visitors when all the birds suddenly scattered.

 Hawk surveying the area

"Don't worry! Be happy!" suggested the hawk.  He/she was certainly taking its own advice.

Red tail - proof that this is a red-tailed hawk

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

61 comments:

Andy said...

Super photos Camera Girl. Last year there were plenty of hawks here. This year I never saw any.

Barbara Wójcik said...

Super, super, i like it....

Mersad said...

Magnificent creature, and photos!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - and I do like that red tail.

We had a similar experience with a different predator last week - we were walking along a foot path when we realised that all the birds on one side of the path were alarm calling - a quick looking into the bushes revealed our first snake of the spring - rather a good sight I have to say!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Revrunner said...

Yep, a sure sign of a hawk around is when the smaller birds scatter and the squirrels begin to flatten themselves against a tree or the ground.

Phil Slade said...

Wow. that was a piece of good fortune the hawk arriving like that and you didn't waste the photo opportunity. i guess like the small birds, it was there to eat too.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of the Red tailed hawk! Have a great day!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

LOVE him! :)

see you there! said...

What a handsome bird. Your photos are so clear I can count the feathers.

Darla

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! What a find and wonderful shots of this beautiful Hawk

The Furry Gnome said...

Wow! How did you get THAT close!?

llandudnopictures said...

Magnificent!

William Kendall said...

What a beautiful bird!

Anna-Karin Eriksson said...

Wow, great captures!

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Stefan Jansson said...

Great shots, you came much closer than I did when I spotted a hawk last week.

Lois said...

Beautiful photos of the hawk! I can always tell when there is a hawk nearby because all the squirrels and birds disappear from my back yard.

Terri said...

Awesome shots!

Rose said...

Fabulous captures....and wasn't it just wonderful to be walking with your husband???

TexWisGirl said...

such a beauty! i love their eyes and beaks!

Judy said...

Amazing detail in the feathers and the eyes!!!

Sharon Wagner said...

Small birds are usually the best giveaway that a raptor is around. And it's always fun to see one.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Very nice photos. Last week here there was all of a sudden a tremendous flapping of wings as all the dove scattered from a nearby tree - all except for one. It and the Peregrine Falcon fell to the ground in a puff of flying feathers. And me with no camera nearby.

Bob Bushell said...

A Red Tailed Hawk is superb, that is the best I have seen so far.

Sandra said...

Handsome Hawk Handles His own buffet... he is beautiful...

Birdman said...

What's for dinner?
Wow! Great snap.

Sylvia K said...

Such an incredibly handsome hawk indeed!! What wonderful eyes and your captures are superb as always! Love the red tail proof!!!

Taken For Granted said...

That hawk didn't mind posing for a wonderful series of portraits.

Halcyon said...

That first shot is fantastic! It should be in a birding magazine. :)

thirtysevenandcounting said...

What beautiful, special captures!

Lindy

Andrew Fulton said...

Fantastic images of a beautiful hawk...

Frank said...

Excellent captures of the Red-tailed Hawk. What a beauty.

visualnorway said...

Very impressive! I wouldn't have been something small and eatable in that neighbourhood.

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very handsome bird!

RedPat said...

Incredible shots of this guy, EG!

Vagabonde said...

What a truly beautiful photo! I saw an hawk in Kennesaw Park last summer and took its picture, but not as close as yours. Your lens is powerful.

Linda W. said...

Absolutely fabulous photos! How lucky to spot this magnificent bird.

Andrea Priebe said...

Well, just look at that deceiving little cute face. Who would ever guess he/she was in search of a meal at the expense of the little birds who whoosed out of there. Lucky you to get close enough for such good shots.

Andrea @From the Sol

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I am in total awe!!!

Monika MW said...

Fantastic shot. Your photo of the birds is magnificent. Gretings for you.

A Quiet Corner said...

these shots are PERFECT!!!!!...:)JP

Ginny said...

Just gorgeous and detailed pictures! I love the little bit of yellow around the base of the beak.

Gail Dixon said...

He is stunning! Your captures are awesome. Such wonderful detail. Looks like he even posed patiently for you!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a gorgeous creature.
The feather pattern is amazing, and your photographs of him are truly beautiful.

Felicia said...

they sure are gorgeous critters. wonderful captures.

Randy said...

Great close up shots.

Stephanie said...

These are stunning!

Ruth Hiebert said...

I almost laughed at that first picture. The hawk has such a serious look on it's face.It's like he is telling everyone that he is the boss.:)

Grandma C said...

Aww he is so beautiful! I love the first shot! We got to see a flying extravaganza above us yesterday. A flock of crows were trying to chase off a hawk from their flight zone. They went around an round for several minutes till the hawk decided he had enough of their squawking, then continued his circle a bit further south of us.

Cloudia said...

Splendid creature!




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Karen said...

What a beauty, and your photos are grand!

Marie said...

Beautiful red tailed hawk! Wonderful photos! Yep, those pretty songbirds will dash away when they show up, won't they?:-)

Susan (ABON) said...

Great captures of a beautiful bird!

diane b said...

He is a handsome but obviously scary fellow.

NatureFootstep said...

it is such a gorgeous bird. And you are lucky getting those great shots. :)

Ida said...

These were fabulous. How cool and exciting for you to have been able to photograph this fascinating and beautiful bird.

Pat Tillett said...

The hawk was checking out the buffet line. VERY nice photos!

Small City Scenes said...

Wowee! Great shots. Such detail. MB

Indrani said...

Wow! You captured it well.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Well done!

Adam Jones said...

A great bird and great pictures.

Mary Cromer said...

Gorgeous shares of a gorgeous bird!!!

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