Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Broad-winged Hawk

 Broad-winged hawk Buteo platypterus) atop a utility pole

I had only seen broad-winged hawks high up in large kettles during fall migration, so I was delighted to spot this one low enough to photograph.

 OOPS! Giving me the evil eye

They are most often seen in forest interiors so not usually easy to find. But this one was surprisingly tolerant of me until...

Gone!

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

54 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! Those first 2 shots are amazing.

Weekend-Windup said...

Wonderful shots!

Amy at love made my home said...

Fantastic pictures!! xx

diane b said...
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diane b said...

Great capture of a great raptor

Mersad said...

Amazing catch!!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Not a bird that we ever see over here so I'm delighted to make his acquaintance through your super photographs.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Excellent shots EG, it's always so exciting to catch a pic of these amazing creatures.. when they move it's so unbelievably fast!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome raptor and great photos! Enjoy your day!

Revrunner said...

Must of decided you and your camera were not the right kind of prey. :-)

Anvilcloud said...

He stayed just long enough.

Gill - That British Woman said...

magnificent bird.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Gorgeous shots of that handsome fellow! Well-spotted!

Kathy said...

Thanks for the vocabulary lesson. I couldn't find a definition of kettle that was consistent with a hawk until I went back and reread the words "a group." These are wonderful photos.

Sandra said...

he might have been eyeing you for size to see if you were a meal or not.. he ia a beauty. we are now completely without squirrels, not one to be found and no birds but the two resident hawks.

VP said...

Great pictures! You caught it on take-off...

TexWisGirl said...

how neat. that large eye is impressive. :)

Mary Hone said...

Such a handsome guy. Great shots.

Debbie said...

what a handsome guy!!!!

William Kendall said...

What an amazing bird!

Linda W. said...

Nice shots of the hawk!

Karen S. said...

Of course I am the king!

Sharon Wagner said...

He is fierce!

Bob Bushell said...

I'm going along with Margaret, they are fantastic.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, these are awesome!! What a beautiful bird and you've captured him so perfectly -- as always!! Took my breath away this morning!! Hope your week is going well!!

Stephanie said...

Fantastic shots!

Karen said...

Grand shots of the handsome fellow!

Gwen said...

How majestic! And simply stunning photos! Well done!!

Silver Parrot said...

Great shots - I love the last one where you can see all the detail of the bands on the tail.

Adam Jones said...

What an impressive looking bird and superb pictures.

RedPat said...

That's a new one for me! I like that last shot with his feet tucked up! ;-)

DeniseinVA said...

What a beautiful bird. Great shots, I especially enjoyed the one in flight.

Joy said...

So fantastic! You are lucky to capture the moment!

cieldequimper said...

Gone but not to my place. I need you so badly! You can feast on pigeons! Come on over here you beauty!

Small City Scenes said...

Super find. I have such a hard time telling Hawks apart. A few I know by sight but they can be so similar.
Hummingbirds usually come back about Mid March and April. I wish we had the kind that come around in flocks but this guy defends this feeder as if he bought it himself.
MB

Les Fous du Cap said...

Great pictures ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is a handsome hawk. How lovely of him to pose for you even for a few minutes. And how lovely of you to share. (And how I envy that you got that great flight shot.)

Andy Wilson said...

Great sighting!

Ginny said...

Fierce! And great pictures! Here, they sit on the sides of the interstate way up high in trees waiting for road kill.

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Beautiful shots as always...well captured..

Rose said...

Wonderful shots, EG! He is such a handsome bird.

Ruth Hiebert said...

WOW! That bird certainly gave you some good poses. Fantastic photos.

Lois said...

Gorgeous bird! I have a couple of red shouldered hawks frequenting my back yard this year. They seem to be keeping all the other birds away unfortunately.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Your photos are marvelous! I've never seen one. Hopefully one day I will.

ladyfi said...

Wow - those shots are marvellous!

Carola Bartz said...

Oh EG, these are fantastic. What a beautiful bird! I love hawks, and this one is so beautiful. Thank you!

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful shots of a very alert and ferocious looking bird!

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful captures !

Susan said...

I really commend you on those brilliant shots of your Hawk. Well done! :D)

Felicia said...

handsome fellow.

Marie C said...

Fantastic sighting! Great shots!

Halcyon said...

He looks young, but what do I know? :)

NatureFootstep said...

It´s not an evil eye. It is the royal eye. I am above you!

Susan Anderson said...

Wow!! Wonderful shot.

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