Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Can You Imagine...

being able to turn your head around like this?



Yikes!





A flexi-necked Red-Shouldered Hawk from last fall.

141 comments:

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Wow! He gets a 360 degree view of things!

Janey and Co. said...

Ha, That would be useful! I see Hawks all the time but never one of these.

Nylon said...

Bizarre :-)

Carole M. said...

certainly NOT without a few good chiropractic chops to loosen up first :)

RoeH said...

I love it! They are just regal. And beautiful.

Revrunner said...

You'd think it would have been a lot easier just to turn around, wouldn't you? :-)

nene said...

I've got one of those. I'm always lQQking back to see where I've been and how did I get here,(lol).
Probably too much.

Hawks and Eagles, my fav's along with falcons and horses and whales and panthers and apes and, ooops, I digress. Kidding... just wanted to see if you were listening.

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, that would be something to turn your neck like that......Beautiful pictures of the Hawk, one mighty looking bird, Francine.

RamblingRound said...

No wonder they are such good hunters!

Buttons said...

Wow just WOW amazing he is beautiful. B

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Haha! That's pretty nuts, and they don't even have to be in The Exorcist!

Andrew said...

Just tried it and the answer is no I can't lol. A beautiful bird to see.

Sandra said...

imagine being able to touch my mouth to my shoulder, woo hooo... right now from old age, i have trouble looking over my shoulder.. i wish i could turn my head like this.

georgettesullins said...

Laughing at all the comments this morning. Your commenters are definitely awake after daylight savings. Great little series of photos here.

Julia said...

Wish I could do that. Thanks for sharing.

JB

Arija said...

Cute. Great swivel head.

DeniseinVA said...

Very cool bird and a lovely start to my morning. Thanks! Flexi-neck, a great description and one that makes me smile.

Gone Country said...

It's probably a good thing we can't.... children wouldn't be able to do things behind their parents' backs, lol!

Lynne said...

Nope . . . can't imagine . . . he needs that though to get perspective on the Whole Wide World . . . just in case!

andy said...

Gorgeous bird !!! Have a wonderful day !!!

Giga said...

Że też do szyja nie boli :). Świetnie go podglądnęłaś. Pozdrawiam.
Also that the neck does not hurt :). In a great position photo he did. Yours.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Maybe that would eliminate the need for chiropractors!

DJan said...

He's beautiful! I thought only owls did that. Very cool pictures, Tex. :-)

Flat Creek Farm said...

Just gorgeous.. wish I had even half of that range of motion! -Tammy

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I'm afraid I would keep a very sore neck if I tried that!

Beth said...

I have arthritis so bad in my neck. I wish I could turn my head like that. Love those shots!!

nic.b van es said...

ik zal het maar niet proberen

Jill said...

As a mother, it would be quite adventageous! :)

Beautiful!

Molly The Wally said...

Stunning bird but now all I can think of is The Exorcist! LOL! Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

These are spectacular & awesome images of the red shouldered hawk. Wonderfully captured !

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great photos! Love these birds so majestic!

MarkD60 said...

Are you able to turn your head around farther one way than the other? I am, I think it's from reversing the car.

Kerri said...

Beautiful captures!

ellen abbott said...

They are such gorgeous birds. We have a mated pair (?) that live in our vicinity. I've spotted them several times this spring flying around. One of them flew over the other day clutching something in its talons.

Montanagirl said...

I think he has a swivel for a neck! Great photos of a real beauty.

Farm Girl said...

Very pretty. It seems to be completely unaware of you.

Evelyn S. said...

Such fascinating creatures.... and it's fascinating that you record them so wonderfully!

edenhills said...

My students think I can, or that I have eyes in the back of my head... Very impressive!

Dianna said...

It IS amazing!
Great shots!

Linda said...

I reckon it comes in handy for a hunter like this fellow. But just imagine the disaster if he forgot which way was forward and tried to fly.

rainfield61 said...

I promise.

I shall try until I manage to do this.

Deb said...

Would come in handy with kiddos.. Nice shots

Kathy said...

It gives me a headache just thinking about it!

Nancy said...

No one is going to slip up on him that's for sure...great shots..

Karen said...

He possessed ;) Lovely captures.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Cool! Another thing that I would have a hard time doing if I were a bird: Sitthing still, just hanging out, turning my head, looking up, then down, then around, just hanging out on a tree branch...I think i'm more related to squirrels! Love the photos!

Patty Woodland said...

Time to call the exorcist?

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Yikes is right! He's very pretty. Well done on the photos. :)

don said...

A fine series showing the bird's flexibility which is amazing. Excellent technical quality. The bird has an attractive feather patterns too.

Linda said...

I just got a crik in my neck.
Great photos as usual.

Brian King said...

Nice shots! I guess that would come in handy for scratching. Or spotting a victim! Makes my neck feel weird, though.

Hilary said...

Sure, I can imagine doing that. I just can't imagine being able to undo it. ;) What a handsome bird. Good captures.

Modesto Viegas said...

Good capture!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great series! He's definitely not going to miss a single thing (small birds and mice better beware!)

Mama Zen said...

Wow!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

At this stage in my life it is difficult to look behind me when backing out of a parking spot. But I'll blame that on the seats in cars these days and not my neck. If we still had bench seats, no problem.

HansHB said...

What a great photo of this cute bird!
Perfect post for WBW!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful sequence of shots. That is amazing capability.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

No, but now that you mention it, if I could I bet it'd get the kink out of my neck ;-)

Muffy's Marks said...

I think the nuns I had in grade school could do that!!!! Great shots of a unique bird that is new to me!!!

Stephanie said...

I'd get a crick in my neck. He is a beauty.

pattisjarrett said...

Amazing range of motion. It looks like it can scratch whatever itches! LOL And preen those unruly feathers in the middle of the back.

Raggedy Creations said...

No I can't, but wish I could. He is a beautiful bird.

Felicia

SweetMarie said...

Since I've already lost range of motion in my neck, being able to do what Mr Hawk is doing would be Awesome!!

MTWaggin said...

Who says you need eyes in the back of your head! Altho not sure I want to know what might be following me! LOL

Lovely hawk!

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...Those birds of prey are
pretty flexible,and can turn there necks like a trooper, always on the look out!! No comment on how flexible my neck is ; ) !!
Great caught..great photos
Grace

Betty Manousos said...

goodness me!

what a cutie!!

Deanna said...

Not only are they beautiful, but they can fly and twist their necks 360 degrees.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Who needs a chiropractor with flexibility like that?!?

Breathtaking said...

He's a handsome fellow and does a a neat trick. Really good photos:)

Sylvia K said...

Ah, old nimble neck himself!!!

Paula said...

John would like for me to have a neck like that. He always asks me if a car is coming and I say I don't have a owls' neck.

Maple Lane said...

Only after an anti-inflammatory drug would my head turn like that!!!

That's a great hawk!

Susan said...

I know a lot of Moms that wish they could do that. Handsome fella he is!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Yep, that could come in very handy! He's a photogenic fellow, too!

barbara l. hale said...

I just want to be able to scratch my back in the middle of the night now and then. This guy has the corner on head turning. He's beautiful!!

Cloudia said...

You reveal animal personality!


Aloha

Brk Trt said...

Isn't nature wonderful.

Karen S. said...

I know imagine that, and so often you will see them sleeping that way! Amazing shots you captured!

Leena said...

80 comments - congratulations :)
I did not read all of them but I can say I agree with them ;)
Amazing catch!

Michaele said...

Such a pretty colored hawk!

It's me said...

Wowwwww...have a nice week ...love Ria...xxx...

i stora drag said...

Lovely pictures! No, I should never could do that with my head!
Greetings Pia

Neil said...

Great series.

i stora drag said...

Thanks Theresa for your nice comment! And of course, you are so right about the bird arts. Thanks! I was so in a hurry when I took those pictures. I will now write the namnes in my blog with a link to you! /Pia

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

What a GOOD LOOKING creature!!!!!

Daryl said...

i wish i could .. then maybe my neck wouldnt feel so stiff all the time ;

Margie said...

What a gorgeous hawk! Love his coloring.

mick said...

Great photos of the hawk - and a useful ability to move the neck or just more ways to get a stiff neck??

Robin Lamb said...

T, lovely shots! It's amazing how they do that!

Phil said...

No, I can't imagine being able to do that but I must admit it could be quite useful, like keeping an eye on what the neighbours are doing on a Saturday night. A nice colourful hawk you found there TWG.

parker said...

Talk about being able to reach that itchy spot, or seeing where you've been! This is the guy! Neat captures!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Goodness gracious! I think this might come in handy haha. Kind of freaks me out a little though I have to admit. Like the exorcist or something!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

I have enough trouble dealing with the stuff that's in front of me, I don't want to worry about what is behind me. That is a beautiful bird Tex!

Łucja-Maria said...

Incredible. AAs shake his head?
Maybe he has a hinged?
Regards.
Lucia

Bob Bushell said...

How many times has it swiveled his head round!!!!!!

Pantherka said...

This is amazing and beautiful!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

I very often see a hawk sat on the same post, but each time i get out of the car to get a better photo.......off it goes. That said, how do you get so close with this hawk that you show. Great photos.


peter

Betsy Adams said...

Sometimes, I'd love to see what is directly behind me... ha... Great pictures of the hawk.
Hugs,
Betsy

Terry and Linda said...

Just like and OWL!

Linda
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Julie G. said...

That's quite an agile hawk! Fantastic photographs, Theresa!

Willow said...

Such a beautiful bird . I don't think we have red shouldered hawks in New England. I know we have Red Tailed and Cooper hawks as they are always eyeing our chickens !

Wally Jones said...

Great example of how flexible the hawk is!
Very nice images of a beautiful raptor!

eileeninmd said...

I can hear my neck making creaking noises just trying to turn like that. Beautiful hawk and great photos, Tex!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Ugh, then I could see my big ol' back side! Love his rusty color.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi! Great post you had ...I have been busy and late nights...Great about the lama.....always great visitors you have.
Good you have 2 watch dogs :-)

Fjällripan said...

Oh no, I cant really imagine that! ;) great captures of the hawk!

DIMI said...

I like Hawks Tex!And this one is so cute!!Amazing pictures and shots!Have a great day!
Dimi..

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Amazing! I barely get 90 degrees on each side:@)

diane b said...

he is a beauty. It would have been handy for me to turn my head like that when I was teaching.

wayside wanderer said...

I'm pretty sure a feather I found must come from one of these guys. Beautiful!

bailey-road.com said...

What a gorgeous bird!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Amazing! No need for eyes in the back of his head.

SandyCarlson said...

Talk about flexibility!

Sally in WA said...

I swear my mother could do this when we were growing up. She saw EVERYTHING! At least as kids we thought so because we couldn't get away with anything. :-)

Red said...

Well, this fellow is pretty agile. He gave you some excellent poses and you were patient enough to stay with him.

Marissa said...

My kids think I can do that...

(my house is full of windows...reflections everywhere)

ha!

Genie Robinson said...

No...I cannot imagine it. You have some of the most amazing birds around your place. Your pictures always amaze me. These are especially nice. So much color and detail. genie

Carletta said...

Wouldn't that be cool if we could. It would be funny at first though. :)
Great captures of this handsome guy!

Gillian Olson said...

That is a pretty amazing turning radius! Beautiful bird.

Maria said...

They are very much like owls in that way.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Love this Red-Shouldered Hawk's first name you gave it: flexi-necked. Incredible what they can do, like the owls.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Indrani said...

They don't have bones in neck I guess. :) Great captures.

Elaine said...

Would come in really handy, wouldn't it?

Barb Brookbank said...

Ouch!

Gary said...

Wow that almost hurts. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

McGuffy Ann said...

Wow! I saw a Red-Shoulder Hawk, with it's prey, in Oklahoma last fall. I was trucking with Bill. They are beautiful! Great photos!

Candy C. said...

What a handsome bird! Shoot, now I've got a crick in my neck! ;)

Laura. M said...

Something stung him, and he scratched :))

Nancy Claeys said...

Beautiful bird.

Chatty Crone said...

I sure couldn't do it! sandie

Marie said...

You're right, that's pretty amazing! Wonderful shots of him too!

Black Jack's Carol said...

I have thought about that, actually. Guess it might have come in handy once or twice as a teacher :) Sometimes, when watching owls/eagles/hawks through my lens, I've had to think twice to figure out which way their bodies were facing. Fun to see your beautiful Red-shoulder guy/gal. Not one I've seen here.

Leave It To Davis said...

I think my mom could...she always told us she had eyes in the back of her head, but she was lying. This must be how she did it! :)

Paula said...

Now THAT was cool!!

Faye said...

Hey, I was just reading about owl's ability to do this in the science section of paper on Monday. Something about blood vessels. Handy for hunting for either hawk or owl.

Helma said...

You raptors are much nicer color than the raptors that we have here in the Netherlands lol ........

Rose said...

No, cannot imagine being able to turn my head that much...I have a hard enough time just turning it to look directly to the side.

Pat Tillett said...

Limber and beautiful! Great photos

joeh said...

That bird needs an exorcism.

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