Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Proliferation of Pondside Preening

by a Red-Shouldered Hawk. He was pretty far away, so these are cropped.
Love that skirt spread!





A drop of the wing shows off the red shoulders.


Amazing neck rotation!
 
 
He's got an itch he just can't reach!







Linking to The Bird D'Pot

122 comments:

AGATA AGATUSZKA said...

Same wonders in a blog I love nature.

miki58 -Jarosław Kaczmarek said...

Jaki piękny i dostojny .Ładna foto relacja

eileeninmd said...

Tex, awesome series on the Red-Shouldered Hawk! Happy Sunday!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I have only seen these in Oklahoma. They are gorgeous.

Revrunner said...

Gave me neck strain just looking at him.

Molly The Wally said...

Amazing shots and a beautiful bird. Have a serene Sunday and enjoy some big easy today.
Best wishes Molly

georgettesullins said...

Thank you for bringing him to us with your "eyes like a hawk" lens. I think I need a "neck like a hawk" driving this Houston traffic. have a great day!

Fireblossom said...

Wow, he's amazing! I once saw one from quite close up. He was sitting in a bare tree in an apartment parking lot, and I slowed and stopped about ten feet away and just watched him for a long time.

Sandra said...

he is a beauty, like his wing feathers. does 2 raccoon trump 1 hawk today? LOL

Nancy's Notes said...

That little Red-Shouldered Hawk is something else, limber as all get out! Great shots! Thanks for the dose of bird happiness on this glorious Sunday morning~

Marit Sønstebø said...

Lovely pictures of the hawk! You have really many different birds in your garden.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Even though they are cropped,these are lovely pictures. I like how the detail in the tail feathers shows up so well.

Julia said...

Great photos shots on that hawk. He takes good care of his appearances.
Have a great week Theresa.

Hugs,
JB

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

usually the hawks i see are after a treat. this is something i have never seen. neat-o, tex!! awesome moments. ( :

EG CameraGirl said...

The hawk appears to feel very safe there. :)

Anvilcloud said...

Yes, I think he needed help with that itch. :)

Nancy J said...

Perfect balance, and down near the bottom of the branch, a darker area looks so like a squirrel's head, just peeping out a little. Super cropped photos. Cheers, Jean.

Ela said...

What a beauty !! Great shots !

Susan said...

Oh those are just brilliant shots. I love watching the preening process... so flexible :D)

Brk Trt said...

Love that camera work. Also the title.

Beth said...

A great series of shots!!

Arija said...

Hard to tell if he was doing the fandango or the waltz with those spread skirts/wings.

Naquillity said...

such a beauty... thanks for cropping in so we could enjoy the full view. i love seeing hawks anywhere. they're a gorgeous bird. have a great day~

Birdman said...

So, what was for dinner?
Love these images.

Lynne said...

I heard tell they can do a 360 with their neck/head . . .
Would be a very good thing when ya gotta an itch!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Wow! That head just disappears with that bendy neck. If only they had more tool-use, they could pick up a stick and use it as a back-scratcher!

troutbirder said...

Wow! I'm looking forward to see her or her relatives here in the North Country. They are quite rare here though I've been up close and personal to some in Florida...:)

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

These are very good, Theresa. Such balance as he sits steadily on that branch while twisting his body into all sorts of positions. Made me want to help him scratch that itch.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

He is a beauty!! But please go to yonder pond for dinner!!

Willow said...

Oh you have a great hawk eye ;) Great series.

William Kendall said...

Handsome fellow!

messymimi said...

So good looking! He wants to stay that way!

Montanagirl said...

Wow - he's a beauty! If I twisted my neck around that far I think my head would fall off.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

he's dressed in his Sunday best or formals. love my hawks, my falcons, my eagles. always with keen eyes, well dressed talons, ready to march at the ready.

great pics, mi amiga

happy Sunday

Irma said...

Beautiful photos of the Red-shouldered Hawk.
I would have been standing next to you, to photograph him.
Greetings Irma

DJan said...

Love your beautiful hawk! I know what it feels like to get that itch, why is it always where you can't reach? :-)

Karen S. said...

He does an amazing job of it, and watching each pose, especially his masterful backward head tilt (wow) reaching his back, brings the many poses of my cat actually mimicking many of those poses as I type this!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome shots of this handsome fellow!

holdingmoments said...

What a beauty.
I can see how they got their name.

Small City Scenes said...

I guess he was so busy preening he wasn't looking for lunch. Excellent shots even from far away. MB

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa... He is a well groomed nice looking fella or gal maybe!
Great set of photo's!!

Grace

Primitive Stars said...

Whiling away the hours till lunch time. Buffet at the pond, Francine.

Stephanie said...

Amazing images. Great eye for capturing this bird!

Roan said...

Love the shot with his tail feathers spread. Nice series of preening.

Patty Woodland said...

I like his stylin' yellow feet

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, he is a pretty boy:@)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Taking his repose in private. I wonder why?

RedPat said...

He put on a good display for you!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
What a fantastic photos of the red shouldered hawk's preening! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Mariette

Łucja-Maria said...

Fantastic shots. Great photographic series.
Beautiful bird.
Greetings.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

What a wonderful find! His "skirt" is beautiful. Love to see him preening. I wish I could maneuver like that. :-)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

And he never once looses his balance--I would have been in the water on the first move! :-)

DIMI said...

Great series on the Red-Shouldered Hawk, Tex!Gorgeous pictures!Wish you a happy week!
Dimi...

damian said...


Miałaś fajne odwiedziny :) Gratuluje udanej relacji :)

Greets from Poland

Gert said...

Great photos! He is beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, pruning for a hot date without a doubt!! Love it!!

Bob Bushell said...

Nice one, the Hawk has a way of cute over cute. Excellent shots.

ellen abbott said...

gorgeous bird and great shots. they don't hang around here long enough for me to get more than one or two shots. I think I saw a mississippi kite this morning so I guess they have returned for the summer.

marilyn said...

We have this beautiful raptor here in KY, too. Enjoyed these preening shots.

Terry and Linda said...

Excellent!!!

✿♥ღLinda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

HansHB said...

A great serie of this Hawk, well done!

Haddock said...

Really preening itself.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Well, you caught the very essence of this pretty fellow. The swivelling heads of raptors never fail to amaze me!

Debbie said...

a marilyn monroe wanna' be!!

Alica said...

He's quite handsome! I'm glad I'm not a mouse or small critter...I'd be shakin' in my boots!

Raggedy Creations said...

Pretty lady with a beautiful skirt as you call it.

Wish I could turn my neck around like that.

Magia da Inês said...

.°º。✿✿彡
Ótimo modelo fotográfico! Cute!!!!

Bom domingo!
Boa semana!
Beijinhos.
✿✿° ·.

Kate said...

Those birds are so agile!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Oh #5 I like. So proud.

They are all a delight.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

I think #7 when he is standing so proud. I like that one.

Judy said...

He's a beauty, I bet it was fun watching him.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful bird! I love the shot with the spread tail feathers.

Catherine said...

I love hawks. We had two orphaned ones as pets for a couple years when I was little and lived on the farm. By about the 2nd year they adapted to the wild and wouldn't come to my dad when we whistled for them anymore. But that's OK. They were happy being wild.
Beautiful.
xo Catherine

Robin Lamb said...

T, great series of shots! I love the raptors!

Anni said...

I just fail to come up with the right descriptive word for this series Ms. T....other than stunning, fabulous, marvelous, majestic, beautiful...well, you get my meaning!!!

Jo's World said...

Wonderful photos, Tex, and that Red Shouldered Hawk knows just how beautiful he is, don't you think?

Whistlers take the day off?

Cheers and hugs,

Jo, Stella and the Zhat

Filip Demuinck said...

The perfect hunter. Top pictures.

Greetings,
Filip

Karen said...

Great shots, I love the way they can twist their heads around.

Brian King said...

Nice tail feathers! He picked a great perch, too! The yellow feet really stand out.

don said...

You got him in so many different actions. Excellent photography!

Our photos said...

Very nice telephotos !

imsovintage said...

What a beauty :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love his/her skirt! I wish I was that flexible!

Red said...

Now I'll bet she's using her reflection in the water to do all her preening.

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, I love that hawk!

S. J. Qualls said...

So beautiful, even when he's trying to scratch that itch.

Randy said...

He wanted to look good for his close up.

Stephen Hayes said...

Because of pictures on your great blog I'm trying to pay more attention to the wildlife around me. I haven't spotted anything interesting yet but I'm determined!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

He doesn't bother your whistlers, does he? I have one that hangs around and while he is gorgeous...I fear for my martins and their babies this time of year.

Margie said...

What a beauty T. I love his bright yellow beak and claws.

Melissa said...

He's quite the contortionist!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I am amazed how birds like to perch on a pole.

Michelle said...

A beautiful creature!

Barb Brookbank said...

Awesome shots!

Deb said...

love Hawks!

Hilary said...

What a wonderful creature. He put on quite the show for you.

Paul said...

Certainly a handsome bird!

Stewart M said...

Great set of shots - one does have keep ones feathers in proper order!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

d9215c9a-648d-11e3-ab4f-000bcdcb5194 said...

solche Bilder..wunderschön

DANKE mit einem LG vom katerchen

Mary Kirkland said...

What a pretty bird.

A Quiet Corner said...

One of these days, I get an eagle preening...right place at the right time!!! This guy is great, T!...:)JP

Kerri Farley said...

Super Series!

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Great shots!Well done!
Greetings

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

It's seems so peaceful when the hawk sitting there and don't care about the rest around him.

Lucky you that saw this :)

Midmarsh John said...

A great series of shots.
Looks like he is wearing bright yellow wellies.

Jeevan said...

Amazing series Tex! Adore the way it twist the head

Furry Bottoms said...

That bird's got an itch it can't reach, LOL

Gail Dixon said...

I just love raptors. These are fabulous shots, especially the ones of the spread wings. He is a beauty!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Showing off those beautiful feathers!

Crafty Green Poet said...

great to watch the hawk preening like this, lovely photos

Debby@Just Breathe said...

He certainly can twist and turn!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Those brightly colored feet!
Nice crops Tex!

Jeanne said...

Love those birds of prey!! Good thing there are not any little ducklings around.

Helma said...


Ohhhhhhhhhh .... did you get that lucky!!
Wonderful to see this red-shouldered hawk.
I did not know him, but I do now.

pattisjarrett said...

You got some amazing shots, fanned out skirting is not seen often.

Maggid said...

Hawk Yoga
who knew?

Rose said...

It must have been getting ready to meet a lady friend....or a male friend! It is that time of year!

(I was at the Houston Airport Tuesday night of last week....thought of you.)

Marie said...

Oh, he's wonderful! Great photos!

the wayside wanderer said...

Wonderful you got to watch this!!! I always think, "feel free to drop some feathers."

Pat Tillett said...

Such a beautiful, regal and deadly looking bird. I love its colors.
Nice photos!

Ida said...

He's so handsome and beautiful.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Oh to be SO FLEXIBLE! :D

~Lindy

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