Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hot red shoulders

No, not a sunburn; actually it's a hot red-shouldered hawk taking a breather along the pond.  I took these through the windows at the deck so they're not the best of shots, but he'd have taken off if I would've tried to open the sliding glass door.






81 comments:

holdingmoments said...

What a beautiful bird.
They must find it tough going in the heat you're getting over there.

Kathy said...

Great shots!

Giga said...

Takie piękne ptaki masz w pobliżu domu. Wspaniale, jak i zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam cieplutko

Bruce Clark said...

Nice closeup shots...do you use a telephoto lens or did you get that close?

Picturit said...

Lovely bird great captures better to get photo than to try and open doors and watch him fly off.

Jill said...

Even through the window these are fantastic!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

I love your bird photos.
They are great.

Fiona

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Beautiful bird! Those are great pictures - even through a window!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cool pics! It says a lot when even the birds are hot:@)

Snappy Di said...

Oh, how well I know... sometimes you're just better off leaving the door closed so they don't get all freaked out and leave. He's a nice sized hawk! Great photo capture.

Have a great day!!

Sharon said...

Oh, dear, he does look hot! I am so sorry for your continued heat wave.

Mama-Bug said...

Beautiful hawk; he sure looks hot and tired. Hope he had a good rest.

troutbirder said...

Up close and personal. They are indeed a beautiful hawk. I've seen them in Florida, never here though.

Catherine said...

We have lots of hawks around here too. They are very majestic birds aren't they?

Happy Saturday!
xo Catherine

Millie said...

Goodness! Everyone is sharing birds of prey today. Maybe I'll have to talk about the geese. Your hawk is much more impressive with that wicked curved beak!

Roan said...

My through-the-glass shots are not nearly as good as these. He's a fine specimen.

Deb said...

those are awesome shots girl...

deb duty said...

I've never even seen a hawk except in flight. These are really great images!

Posie Patchwork said...

Love that flexible head!!
If you ever spy an eagle, do take shots, i love how they look like they're wearing feather trousers. Some people consider them magestic, i'm still stuck on their 'costume'. Love Posie

Sandra said...

he is beautiful and the shot came out great through the door. i feel so bad for the animals and wildlife in Texas right now, the heat and no water, and unlike humans they can't seek help. we woke up to 86 at 5 am and heat index of 111, it is a blanket of wet heat in the back yard.

The White Farmhouse said...

Nice shot even through a window! I love seeing the falcons here. Such pretty birds.

Julie G. said...

Great shots of the handsome hawk!

Larry said...

Beautiful shots of my all time favorite Buteo Theresa! I did have one visit my yard once too ;-)

We have a pair that breed near our property but even with all of their screeching, I haven't found their nest site yet. I love them!

Farmchick said...

Great detail on this little guy.

BrandNewStudio said...

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This Wonderful work with us
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Mom of M&Ms said...

they are all in such need of water...We are seeing many circling our pool.. crazy

Jan n Jer said...

Wow...great shots...it looks hot n thristy!!!Wish I could send you some of our rain from the storm.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots! They are such beautiful birds. We have a nest nearby that's monitored by a local raptor group. Last year the juveniles would sit on our deck railing, right outside the dining room window. I could almost touch them.

Kat said...

Wow, that's quite a bird! I love the diversity of wildlife you have there at the ol' ranch...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I got the comment issue fixed, thanks for letting me know it wasn't working!

Michaele said...

Very clean windows! We have many of those here (hawks that is) but never this close.

Zondra Art said...

Great shots!!!

Nice day:)

Lois Evensen said...

What a pretty fellow. :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

bless his heart... you can tell he is so hot. i feel so bad for the animals and birds right now. there is no relief for them. i love hawks.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

bless his heart... you can tell he is so hot. i feel so bad for the animals and birds right now. there is no relief for them. i love hawks.

Kalyan said...

simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

I frequently take pics thru the windows...I think the moment that's captured is more important than the quality of the shot! Your hawk is beautiful.

Melodie said...

I like these little hawks because they leave my chickens alone!

barbara l. hale said...

A very stately bird. Nice shots even if they are through a window.

Angela said...

He's so stunning! Great shots through a window too!

Farm Girl said...

great pictures of a hot bird. :)

Cher' Shots said...

All I've got to say is YOUR WINDOWS ARE MUCH CLEANER THAN MINE to capture such great pics! Great shots!
'love & hugs from afar'

Louise said...

He's a beauty! I was thinking, as I looked at your great (even if they were through a window) pictures, how wonderful it is that all of us who love our critters can share them so easily these days. One of the good things about the internet is surely that we can share so much of our interests with like minded people all over the world.

Randy said...

These are great. Those are some claws. I would hate to be his prey.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice one, they are beautiful.

don said...

I think it's great that you were able to get such fine looking shots of him. He looks well equipped to do his hunting.

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see... thanks for sharing your images... quick thinking to just take them through the glass.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Some of my backyard photos were done through the looking glass for the very same reason. I think it depends on where the sun is for at times they come out surprisingly well. Plus it helps to have clean windows.

Janie2 said...

Clean windows is one thing, but having your title RED HOT SHOULDERS is another! Ha. Anything out your windows are all fine and good with me.

Martha Z said...

These guys are quite common here in the winter but the raptors are either gone or in hiding this time of year. I did see a kite a couple of times so I guess it won't be long before I am back to photographing birds of prey.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful bird and terrific shots as always! And what a great testament for clean windows! Love it! Hope your day is going well!

Sylvia

Robin said...

T, great capture and great to see!

bj said...

I LOVED seeing this beautiful bird..never have even heard of one.

Your photos, taken thru the window, are better than most of us can ever hope to have.
First of all...my little "under 100 dollars" point and shoot just flat can't do a job like this...
Second, if I took photos out any of my windows, you would be seeing nothing much but a thin layer of fine dirt. :)
Great work, TexWis...you are just fabulous.

Evelyn S. said...

First...you obviously have cleaner windows than I do right now! ;-) And you've certainly captured the misery of the hawk in the Texas heat.

Ms. Becky said...

see, if I were trying to photograph through my windows there would be SPOTS. he doesn't look very big, but I bet he's pretty fierce when it comes to ripping apart his prey. you got off some great shots.

Paula said...

Lots of pretty birds at your place.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I feel so sorry for the wildlife in our country right now. Between the drought, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes, they must be suffering.

Great shots as usual, T. :)

KAT said...

nice shots ...I cant believe that this is even through a window too ! wow. I was trying to take photos of some birds they were flying overhead in circles swooping around I think maybe they were eating dragonflies or some kind of bugs up there..Did you know it is extremely hard to get a good photo of a flying bird ? well,..I found out it is

The Village Queen said...

Very cool to see up close, and the doves yesterday were great too! Glad I have your blog to give me a nature fix.

pattisjarrett said...

Good shots!

Montanagirl said...

Great shots! That pond must be really close to your house.

missing moments said...

Oh you lucky girl to get shots of him! Hey, why don't you send him up here and I'll send you the rain that is starting to come!

Debbie said...

great shots t.....i actually would have never guessed that they were taken from behind the glass!!!

his wings look very similar to woodpeckers.....lot's of upside down hearts!! do you see it??

Candy C. said...

Yep, he looks like one hot bird!!

heyBJK said...

Great shots! It's as if he's panting in the heat. I bet the hawks are finding lots of meals around water these days.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

He does look hot!!
After not seeing much of them this summer, I've been hearing our hawks crying overhead the last few mornings.
I've joined the drought club over here.... 3 weeks with no rain and high 90's.... none of your 100 plus degrees this week anyway.

SLH said...

Great series of shots!!

Susan said...

Beautiful bird!!!!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Fine composition of this find !

Nita Davis said...

Wow, Fantastic photos!

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

I would have never known these were taken thriugh the glass. Great pics! His talons are impressive!

Rose said...

Your through the window shots are as good or better and more numerous than any I have gotten...

Nova said...

Still great shots through the window!!

forestwalk/laura k said...

hey, i know that feeling very well...trying to get those shots thru the glass door or window...not wanting to take the chance to open it...
but YOUR shots of the Hawk are perfect!! what beautiful birds!!

Barb said...

I think your shots are great! sometimes through the glass is the only way!

Lisa RedWillow said...

What a beauty.

Joe said...

Great shots.

Christian said...

Great shots of a stunning hawk.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I saw one on my walk on Friday evening; he was on an electrical tower. As I approached he immediately flew away and higher. And I was pretty far from him to start with. They are so hard to capture. You did good.

Hilary said...

Wonderful shots .. particularly considering they were shot through glass. What a beauty.

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

What a beautiful bird!

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Je pense que tu as eu raison de shooter cette magnifique buse et tes photos sont très réussies. On voit que l'oiseau est malgré tout inquiet et il ne t'aurai certainement pas attendue si tu avais ouvert la fenêtre. Bravo.

Amicalement.

Roger

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