Sunday, October 19, 2014

Playing Darts

I zoomed in on a Red-Shouldered Hawk perched across the pond. The shots are not great, but I laughed when I saw I had caught the hawk a moment after shaking loose a feather.



Linking to The Bird D'Pot

107 comments:

Revrunner said...

Embarrassing moment for a hawk. It's like, "OMG, I'm loosing my feathers!" :-)

Julia said...

A chance in a million that you got that shot. So now he has one less feather to clean.
Have a great Sunday.
Hugs,
JB

EG CameraGirl said...

How cool! I haven't seen a red-shouldered hawk this year...and now I suspect most if not all have flown south for the winter.

Gosia k said...

what a lovely hunter but i don't like him

Sandra said...

that must have been some wind that day

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Ha! Plenty more where that came from!

eileeninmd said...

What a cool capture! Awesome Hawk visitor.. I hope your little birds went into hiding.. Happy Sunday!

Pom Pom said...

He's hearty looking! Good zoom!

DeniseinVA said...

Enjoyed these photos of that beauty. Very cool captures.

Paula said...

Good timing!

bas van Es said...

hij schatte al in dat het geen kwaad kon.

Irma said...

Good timing, beautiful photos.

Fireblossom said...

The feather had a split end. And get that camera away from my vanity. Hmmf!

Crafty Green Poet said...

that's brilliant, what a great capture!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Oh no, I'm going BALD!

/ middle-aged hawk crisis
~

Lois Evensen said...

Some guys just can't molt in private! ;) Great shot!

Mersad said...

I love the light in these. Did you take them during sunset?

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

rainfield61 said...

That big bird hate you!

But we like you.

messymimi said...

As my Sweetie would say, "Shake your tail feathers!"

Great catch!

Lynn said...

The feathers are flying in Texas:@)

Birdman said...

... flutter, flutter, flutter...

btw-On my blog, I stupidly deleted yesterday's post. That's why there are 2. hahahaha

georgettesullins said...

What are the chances? Love it!

Debbie said...

it's all about the moment and the joy that moment brought to you. not the quality of the picture....

and timing, that was perfect timing!!

Jo said...

Amazing capture!

Ruth Hiebert said...

That is one of the reasons that photography is so much fun. You just never know what the camera will see.

Gerald (SK14) said...

now that's what I call serendipity

William Kendall said...

What a striking bird!

Leovi said...

Love like you've captured this great sequence!

DIMI said...

What a great capture Tex!!Wonderful images of the Hawk!!
Dimi...

don said...

The picture quality is plenty good enough to capture this live shot of bird life. Fine shooting.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Looks like a small bird dive-bombing him.

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific shot!! How often can any of us do that!! Love it!!

Brian King said...

Nice timing! I really like the last shot, too!

Filip Demuinck said...

What is this? Is the eagle losing a feather?

Greetings,
Filip

DJan said...

That is funny! Good thing he's got lots more, huh? :-)

Picturit said...

Tmed to perfection

Molly The Wally said...

Perfect timing there. Have a serene and easy Sunday now.
Best wishes Molly

Gunilla Bäck said...

Perfect timing! It's like he's thinking I hope no one saw this.

maryaustria said...

AMazing shots!

marciento said...

Invite you to watch a new photo album on my blog.
I wish you a successful new week.

Bob Bushell said...

Good for you, shaking a feather, right on.

Magical Mystical MiMi said...

Stopping by from Cranky's place to congratulate you on guessing the fake headline from last week. Awesome pics. We have the red-tailed hawk here in Idaho. I love watching them..

KB Bear said...

He's a handsome guy, and it's cool that you caught him ejecting a feather!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

The majestic bird.
Did perform a photo.
You have an excellent zoom.
Greetings.

Montanagirl said...

Good catch, Theresa! You know the old saying: "Timing is Everything!"

Gail said...

Smooth sailing with that feather gone. Majestic capture.

Andrea Priebe said...

He is probably finishing his summer molt ... I guarantee you there is a new feather that is replacing that one. Great catch, Theresa ... a split second and you would have missed it.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Margaret Adamson said...

it is great sometime when we take a shot and don't see all that is in it until we get is on the computer. Great catch

Jeanne said...

Speaking of Hawks... This is a nice one!

RedPat said...

Very cool catch, Tex!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

he still makes a good photo.


peter

Sally Crowe said...

You caught that just in the nick of time.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great shot!

NatureFootstep said...

o, it was a feather. I thouht it was another bird. Happened to me once. :)

Ms. A said...

Nice catch! I'm so glad this isn't what I thought the title was saying! Several months ago we saw a dove on the wire out back, with something fluorescent pink on it. I had to zoom in with my camera, only to see it had been shot with a dart! Poor thing.

Pantherka said...

Great capturing, great pictures.

Fjällripan said...

Great captures! :))

Marie said...

He DOES look like he's playing darts! :-) Nice to see him. Thanks for your comment on my swallow...he's buried in the post about the mission and I hope other bird bloggers will look for him like you did. :-)

charuhasacharya said...

Stunning and well-timed shots

Robin Lamb said...

T, don't stand under that tree! You'll get a dart in your eye!

Nancy J said...

Wow, a once-in- a million chance to get that shot, wonder how he felt as that one feather fell out. Jean.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Great catch! At first glance, I thought it was a little bird flying by, super fast! Then I read what you wrote. :D

Lindy

Anni said...

INCREDIBLE!!! These images with the sunlight and tree perching...fantastic.

Thank you, Ms. T, for sharing the link today at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

Our photos said...

Nice (funny too) !

Hilary said...

Ohhh.. I'd have probably gone looking for the feather. But I guess you didn't notice it until after processing.

Donna said...

Haha, cool!

Stephanie said...

That was a cool capture.

Stephen Hayes said...

Had you actually been trying to capture that feather in free fall it would have been extremely difficult. Have a great week.

Cloudia said...

feels like witnessing a moment! Cooler than another sharp photo, you revealed the bird




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, A real Ooo-aah moment when you get that really great photo! Have a pleasant coming week!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Such a compromising moment for such a majestic bird. :)

Michelle said...

I always love to see hawks flying around. You did good!

thepoodleanddogblog said...

maybe a little embarrassing for him but entertaining for us.

bj said...

hahhaa....yes, indeed...these are great photos...

Barb said...

Good one!

Red said...

Sometimes you get lucky!

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, the moment after hawk shaking loose a feather♫♫♫ How interesting and rare capture, isn't it(^_^)v The title 'Playing Darts' made me confused at first p:)

Wishing you will have a wonderful new week.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Randy said...

Nice shot.

Lynne said...

It would be difficult to plan a falling feather photo . . . and there you have it. Tex was there at the right time . . .

Chandra said...

Beautiful photo and a favorite subject, Theresa. I like the serendipitous capture of the falling feather.

Peace :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I think it's so cool that you caught that moment for this most handsome hawk!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I wonder what he thought as his feather floated away? Great capture! :-)

Rita said...

I'd be wanting to go find it on the ground! LOL! :)

Paul said...


ナイスタイミング!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

The perfect moment! Amazing shot! xo

Elaine said...

Always fun to catch those candid shots!

Kris Beskidzki said...

beautiful :)

Stewart M said...

Nice capture - I'm often surprised at how few feathers I find when I am about and about - I assume birds must lose small numbers all the time - but its still good to find one.

cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

karmnik54 said...

Spory ptaszek:)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

WOW amazing shot!! Great pics!

Ron said...

gives new meaning to "shaking a tail feather"!

ladyfi said...

Ha ha - brilliant shots and title.

Laura. M said...

Good catch, Teresa !!

A Quiet Corner said...

Bet you did more than a double take!!!!...:)JP

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Awesome shot!

bailey-road.com said...

That feather looks like it's zooming through the air!

Farm Girl said...

That is awesome. I noticed our sharp-shinned hawk was back this morning, racing around like a crazy bird. I love that you caught that feather in mid flight.

Terry and Linda said...

What a capture...the lose of a feather!!!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/?s=The+Adventures+of+Fuzzy+and+Boomer&submit=Search
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great shots!

Helma said...

Whaaaaaaaa ....... great !!!! How do you get it done in order to photograph hahahahaha .... this I think your title "Playing darts" really super found!

Ida said...

Perfect timing. I always enjoy seeing shots of hawks.

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful bird.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love hawks. I would have hunted for the feather.

Jeanne said...

How serendipitous that you captured that feather! lucky you

Bethany Carson said...

Neat to see the feather falling from the majestic bird!

Justin Carfagnini said...

So cool!!! I have never heard of a Red-Shouldered Hawk. I'll have to do a little search for them. Really awesome you were able to catch him littering :P

pattisjarrett said...

What a catch! Not something we usually would ever see.

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