Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Red-Shouldered Hawk

I shot these through the glass panels that face the deck.  Made for a very interesting background texture treatment. 

The odd background bokeh became even more apparent when I cropped the image in closer.
Almost looks like an oil painting.

The "Fly Bye" Shot

125 comments:

Giga said...

Śliczne zdjęcia ,a ich bohater był dość cierpliwy i pozwolił sobie zrobić 4 zdjęcia zanim odfrunął :-).Pozdrawiam cieplutko

Joe said...

Nice shots. It's probably looking for some of your scamper rats :).

Ellie said...

Lovely shots. That's a very impressive bird - almost regal looking!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - looks more like a blue shoulder kite!

Great shots – can’t believe you get birds like that in your yard!

SM - Australia

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Ooooooh... I love hawks. Gorgeous photos! That does look a lot like a painting the way that background come out. Love it! blessings ~ Tanna

BrandNewStudio said...

WonderfulPictures

Shrinky said...

This guy actually visits your yard? Wow, what a magnificent creature! Yes, it does look a little like an oil painting, doesn't it? Your captures are wonderful, as ever.

Clint said...

Beautiful.

Mom of M&Ms said...

gorgeous... I am totally loving this series

Lynne said...

Amazing birds/hawks visiting you and great photos too. I like the "fly away" shot.

Sandra said...

it is really great what the glass did to the background, like an added filter, the hawk and the background are beautiful. my fav is the bye bye shot at the end.
yesterday in our news, a woman was in her bedroom and heard sound of breaking glass, she ran in her kitchen and a bloody hawk was sitting on her breakfast bar, with a large hole in her kitchen picture window. she called wildlife rescue and they came and got him, he will stay with them for a week and be let go. he is fine.

Kerri said...

He's gorgeous! I love the painted look!

Catherine said...

Hawks are so beautiful aren't they? We always have lots around here.

I like the photos of the pups laying around the bird baths below ~ too cute!

xo Catherine

Melodie said...

The ones around here will let you get surprisingly close to them,but they are rarely sitting down low for us to do that.Great shots!

Tina Eudora said...

What a beauty Tex, I have a soft spot for raptors and that baby is gorgeous. Great photos!
Tina xo

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love that background texture. Lovely shots.

Debbie said...

very pretty t, the bird and the background!!

i have one splashing about on the water that gathers atop my swimming pool cover, we had seen him several times. i have a few pictures BUT they are not so attractive as yours.

great capture....had you opened the glass, he would have taken off for sure!!

Rain said...

It does look like an oil painting-beautiful !! I'm always glad to see the tail end of hawks here though! Chased one with a broom away from my chickies once-right out the back door-almost burst through the sliding glass door-I was so determined!!

Jan n Jer said...

You did a great job of focusing on the hawk, he is so clear and the bokeh is awesome. It does look like a painting!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Sometimes those shots are only possible through the glass, so good job making the best of it:-) The hawks around here are always on power poles or flying so I've never been able to get an up-close photo. And that's okay because I appreciate them staying away from my chickens.

Hound Girl said...

Great shot, I dont see those at all so it was nice to get a close up and I love the background.

Katie @Pinke Post said...

The texture and how it draws out the hawk is amazing!

Jill said...

It really does look like an oil painting! Great shots. He's so majestic.

SweetMarie said...

Impressive shots! Love the fly bye shot. I get hawks in my yard here in the city...they don't visit too long though.

Dicky Bird said...

Nice pictures! I like the effect. Blessings from Wisconsin

Chatty Crone said...

I tell you - you get all different kinds of birds then we do - I don't think I've seen one here. Not sure.

sandie

EG Wow said...

How nice that you were able to get such good photos through the glass!

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

A beautiful find.
Great photographs again.
Costas

Kathy said...

A nice series as usual! These are such amazing predators.

Samantha said...

WOW I loved these! You're right, the glass made a gorgeous texture.

Judy said...

They turned out great through the glass.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Those are great looking photos, pretty bird!

Woody said...

That additional 'lens' did some neat things to the background. I'm lovin' Mr. Hawk, he's quite photogenic.

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Oh, I love that "fly by" shot! I tried this with my owl just yesterday eve., and, well...he was just a blurr.

The background and texture is really cool!

Rose said...

I just think they are such handsome fellows! Lucky you to capture him!

Texan said...

Great pics!

Slamdunk said...

Nice catch. It does look like an oil.

My daughter was recapping her soccer game last night (I took her brother to his), and she told me that a hawk flew by, landed on the field next to their game and dropped his dinner ( I guess it did not agree with his stomach).

Country living and sports at its best.

Karen said...

Instant texture without processing!

Paula said...

It does look like a pretty painting.

ellen abbott said...

Beautiful birds. I still see the one that lives around here now and then.

Barb said...

The bokeh looks like brush strokes - love the shot of the bird flying off!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I like the fly-bye shot the best. Birds always look their best doing what we wish we could.

Jedediah said...

It really looks weird, like a painting or like heat rising from the ground. Lovely series of shots.

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures! I love the perch he chose - so perfect!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

He was thinking about going somewhere, wasn't he?

grammie g said...

HI Teresa..I always like it when the background image is not what you expect...this worked out great ...the Hawk stands right out ..nice!!

Grace

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Beautiful shots Tex and that BG effect is stunning!

Hilary said...

Oh what a beauty. You got some great shots.

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice shots!!!

Bob Bushell said...

Good work Teresa, and the background is marvelous.

Esther Garvi said...

What a beautiful bird!!

Candy C. said...

Neat effect through the glass!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

They were great shots with some interesting texture to them--I wonder what he was looking for...

sharon said...

hawks are such beautiful birds. Esp. when they are perched on a pole looking down for their prey.

Hilke Breder said...

Great shots of a handsome bird. Love the last one!

don said...

Very strong bird shots through the glass. I don't see how you handle so many comments, but I can easily understand why….excellent pictures!

Manzanita said...

I'm not very familiar with hawks. This looks like a baby hawk but I bet he'd make Thanksgiving mincemeat out of road kill in a hurry.
Delores just said said something interesting on my blog. "String enough of us together and we'll light up the world." Yay

Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

powerful shots of a beautiful bird!

Andrew said...

Great images of a beautiful bird..
The "Fly Bye" caption made me smile... a lovely post.

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Fantastic shots! I love how the glass produced a beautiful background.

I watched a video of a bird rehabilitation place last night. I was so amazed at how the lady nursed a red tailed hawk that was left for dead and trained it to follow commands. He was amazing and so smart. Of course, he can never be returned to the wild because of his injuries, but will go to a sanctuary to live where he can be protected. Very impressive birds, for sure!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Look at you getting fancy shmancy! Actually, I love the effect.

And I have you know, in case you have overlooked this fact, I have been current reading you blog for TWO days now! TWO days! I will quit talking now because I will jinx myself and fall behind again :)

Pricilla said...

I love raptors

Deb said...

awesome photos...

Susan said...

Beautiful!!! Love the background, oh and the bird is awesome too. Really awesome that you get those critters in your yard.

Unknown Mami said...

I absolutely adore the texture. It really adds a whole other dimension.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Magnificent bird! (glad he/she's not around my chickens)
Fabulous background-bokeh as well! Happy Tuesday to you. -Tammy

Robin said...

T, great shots. Your Bokeh is quite interesting. Made a very painterly effect!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, That "Take-off" picture is exceptionally nice! Have a wonderful day!

missing moments said...

He is such a beauty!

Evelyn S. said...

Great "texture"...and great images. How wonderful to get to experience this wildlife from your window!

Flora said...

Never seen a Hawk like that...love the texture in the picture!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great photos of the hawk, Theresa.. (See--I got it right!!!! ha).... Love the fly-away one also.

Hugs,
Betsy

holdingmoments said...

What a handsome bird.

heyBJK said...

Beautiful shots, T! The background is wonderful! It's nice to have subjects like that so close.

Dave said...

Thats some heat haze Tex.

Its wonderful when you get raptors showing so well in your yard \ garden, it really is a privalidge for us when they afford us the time to watch them at such close quarters.

I love your blog image at the top of your home page, it really is fantastic

Dave

Hilda R.B said...

Nice photos of the hawk. You got it!!!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

those red shouldered hawks are beautiful...and your pictures prove it!! VERY nice...i especially like the fly-bye!! :)

LauraX said...

gorgeous images!

Springman said...

Of course, if it were an oil painting, it would not be dry enough to post yet!
Great series and wonderful technique Texwis!

Fjällripan said...

Cool effect in these photos and a very beautiful visitor! :)

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous bird and your captures are terrific as always! Superb!

Sylvia

mick said...

Very impressive photos of both the bird and the bokeh you achieved.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the plumage in the last photo. Stripey! :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

That is some very pretty bokeh. I can never tell the sharp shinned from the red shouldered. They look so similar!

Sharon said...

Lovely shots! Very interesting, through the glass!

Ms. Becky said...

hey TWG, I'm wondering if you got any of that rain that fell over the weekend? this guy is regal. my fave is lift-off. happy day to you. and the next time you're in town, I'm taking you to a fish fry...

Michaele said...

Visit, pose, then stop in mid flight so you can get a perfect shot. Amazing bird!

How DO you do it - through a glass door even?

latebloomerbuds said...

How I love hawks and birds of prey!

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking Hawk and your photos are wonderful.

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking Hawk and your photos are wonderful.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' the in flight shot, very impressive bird:@)

Buttons said...

Incredible I love the texture and hawks are my favourite. B

KAT said...

that looks very cool...reminded me of a palette knife type of background...now iF I could only paint a hawk as good as he deserves to be.

Thanks fro the feathers again ! My husband says it may be illegal to use the owl feathers on my art...do you know anything about that ? I know eagle feathers are illegal to have, right?

Well I made art with them...
Im bad
-KAT-

Sall's Country Life said...

Hey, two days ago I thought about you and how I wish you'd have been here with you camera! A flock (maybe 200+)of hawks. All sitting in the trees 2 miles down the road. I took some pathetic photos (by your standards) And thought how I would love for you to see this!!! Very strange and eery it was, but very cool! Just like your photos(cool that is :)!)

Tammy said...

oooooo....he's a beauty. I love the texture the glass provided.

Farmchick said...

The background is excellent and I really like the last shot.

georgettesullins said...

Handsome!

Genie said...

Yes...these really is water under the boardwalks. Due to the drought, it is not very deep, but is is very mushy and gooey. There is no way you would want to step off the walkway. I want to go back in the springtime and summer when the bog plants are in bloom. That will really be a treat. Now to your gorgeous shots this week. Every time I look at your birds and that gorgeous home with the water around it, I think...heaven on earth. It is such a beautiful place. genie

Randy said...

So very proud looking.

Erika Jean said...

It really DOES look like an oil painting! Beautiful shots!!

Annette said...

Those are beautiful shots! I love hawks. We have a lot of cooper and red tail hawks around here but I've never gotten a good picture.

MarieElizabeth said...

You're right, really neat effect and wonderful shots of the subject too.

Jean said...

You got some special shots! That snag must be a great perch for many birds.Wish I had one outside my window.

bon bon said...

he's beautiful! and that is a neat effect!

SquirrelQueen said...

He is a very handsome fellow.
I do like the effect created by the glass, the tight crop does make it look like a painting.

Chinatours said...

Gorgeous, your blog can always give me some surprise

joo said...

Simply A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!!!!!

Dar said...

and that's through the glass? I love these surreal shots. Fantastic!
Loving that he caught you shooting him and you still caught his departure. Cool.
BlessYourHeart

Paula said...

These are all gorgeous, but the last picture (the Fly Bye) made me go, "WOW."

Arija said...

Impressive job getting such a clear image. Much better than anything I could have done.

Tricia said...

they do look like oil paintings... how cool! =)

NatureFootstep said...

very nice bird, and you are right about the background. :)

Montanagirl said...

It really does look like a painting! I like it.

bj said...

Awesome background and the bird is a beauty.

Your drawing,painting ability is so amazing, T. When did you start doing art..?..as a child ?

Millie said...

What a great series! I love that fly bye shot!

littlethingsoflife said...

Very artsy work, TWG -- and the fly-bye shot was a great one for the finish! I enjoyed these. :)

Did you get any rain from this latest line of storms that moved through?! I keep hopin' for you!

Maggie May said...

Now that is what I call *real* photography!
Wonderfully caught!

Many thanks for visiting me via Hilary and for your kind comments.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

they look so proud indeed!

exceptional series of photos!

madrassi said...

Fantastic!

Pat Tillett said...

A beautiful bird and great photos of him.

Lisa RedWillow said...

When it takes forever to get to the end of the comments to say How much I loved this . . coffee has to be cold.. have any fresh. ??
He is wonderful. Loved this post too.

pattisjarrett said...

That did make a wonderful background for this gorgeous bird. And I don't think I've ever seen hawk thighs before...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They are what gave my blog it's title;) Such gorgeous hawks and I love their voice, one of the loudest hawk voices anywhere. During breeding season, they are so loud and I am always so thrilled to hear them, they remain here all year. I have had to take many an image through glass like this, or miss an opportunity. They do look sort of like paintings, when captured this way, very lovely!

Larry said...

Excellent captures of my favorite buteo Theresa! That is a cool effect you got through the glass. I have had one visit by our local Red-shouldered Hawk to the bird feeder area and I got off a shot through the window. Of course as soon as I turned the door knob the bird flew.

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