Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Red-Shouldered Hawks at the Pond

One wavering high on a stick...
   
 


The other on the old, dead tree.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

143 comments:

Kate said...

This is a tired and old reaction, I suppose, but they certainly are strong and magnificent looking birds!

Revrunner said...

KInd of the opposite of limbo, don't you think? Just how high can you go? :-)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Those red-tailed hawks are majestic! Great photographs.

magnoliasntea said...

I enjoyed the photos especially as I'm making an effort to identify different hawks from each other. There was a time when they all looked the same to me, lol. Have a great Wednesday!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....VERY impressive!!!

Duckbutt said...

One of my neighbors was afraid that a hawk would carry off her Lab, as unlikely as that happening!

Duckbutt said...

One of my neighbors was afraid that a hawk would carry off her Lab, as unlikely as that happening!

Jacquelineand.... said...

I've heard of chicken on a stick, and deep-fried Mars bars on a stick... but it's my first time for hawk on a stick!

(And you know by now I LURVE hawks.)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Location, location, LOCATION!
~

Georgette Sullins said...

Old dead trees have a purpose. Amazing how they can perch that high on so little.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

You'd think it'd find someplace more comfortable, wouldn't you..?

Debbie said...

a "king of the world" kind of capture!! that's one fine looking bird....and smart, he knows the best spot to hang for the optimum image results!!

messymimi said...

Smart birds, perching where they can survey everything -- and i'll bet nothing moving escapes their notice.

MarkD60 said...

Those are probably dangerous to rabbits and squirrels!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Beautiful shots! I have such a fondness for raptors.

DJan said...

They are beautiful, and they look like they mean business, too. :-)

Sandra said...

I sure would like to have the balance he has...

S. J. Qualls said...

Good Morning!
They make lovely tamed birds, too bad you're not supposed to...

Jeevan said...

great sight on the bird! liked the way it perched the stick

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

They are beautiful birds and I know every BODY has to eat but I don't want to see them hanging around our feeders for an easy birdie buffet!
Good Morning Tex!

Cattails said...

Wonderful photos.

Ileana said...

Ready to catch something for eat!! :)

RA Berks said...

Beautiful bird of prey! I get nervous for my chickens seeing such a bird!

Willow said...

So gorgeous and stellar with their hawk eyes !

Lynne said...

Great pictures . . . Happy there was no wind for that perched hawk . . ,

Arija said...

They do like looking down on one. Nice captures.

rainfield61 said...

An old dead tree still serves as a good place for a rest and for a few shots.

W. Latane Barton said...

How do they do that? Beats the heck outta me.

Leo v.d. said...

I'm jealous

Karen S. said...

I'm always amazed at how they can perch ever so well. Quite a talent.

Cranberry Morning said...

That is a beautiful bird! That first perch doesn't look too comfortable.

Paula said...

I know we have lots of hawks but don't know if they are this one.

Marissa said...

Neat!

Farm Girl said...

Nice shots. They look like they have moved in. Do they eat duck?

Mary Hone said...

Such a handsome devil.

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos - they can sure cling to the most precarious looking perches!

Daniel LaFrance said...

A magnificent specimen! Great eye, TexWisGirl.

ellen abbott said...

such gorgeous birds.

DIMI said...

Wow!!Very impressive birds,Tex!
Great shots!Are the ducks ok with the hawks arriving at the pond?I hope so!
Dimi...

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Hello Dear Tex!
I missed you and your beautiful pictures.
Magnificent bird. Fantastic photographic series.
Greetings from Polish.
Lucia

Ron said...

That's a pretty good looking bird. He may start going after your little whistlers if you're not careful.

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

The first one looks like an uncomfortable perch. The next guy has it right.

Nadine said...

Beautiful shots!

William Kendall said...

They are magnificent birds!

Kerri Farley said...

What a pretty bird!!

John's Island said...

Nice shots, especially given the distance and movement!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, what a wonderful Bird, great shots you got of the Hawk.Blessings Francine.

DeniseinVA said...

You got some wonderful photos of two beautiful hawks.

Mersad said...

Really great wildlife shots.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

He has quite the view from the dead stick, but I imagine the ride must be quite wobbly

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful bird!!

Linda said...

Beautiful! Living in Montreal, Canada, I never get to see this, so thank you so much for sharing.

Mama Zen said...

So gorgeous! They take my breath away every time.

Mary Cromer said...

Well you can just imagine how much I enjoyed this set...beautifully done. I am guessing female on the lower images and male in top images~

Maggid said...

aren't they funny??? Okay, i suppose THEY don't think of themselves that way - BUT, last year - no wait, the year before last - i had several regular hawk visitors . . they weren't beautiful red like this - BUT, they returned so often i could tell them apart . they would sit on the fence, i would come out and try to tell them a story . . their looks are amazing . . first, like they think I'm insignificant, then, like I'm an annoyance . . then, they would fly over a few feet on the fence . . but stay to hear the entire story. See, the next door neighbors have a thing about bird feet touching their new-ish plastic fence - so, the put up an electric bird call thing - which seemed to invite a LOT of larger birds to come check it out . . . Yours . . Awesome . . . (sending smiles)

Birdman said...

That a new kinda snack? Hawk on a stick? Yikes!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful majestic bird. Great images!

RedPat said...

Beautiful, Tex!

Felicia said...

beautiful, love how he clings to the stick.

Nancy J said...

One very precarious perch, hang on for safety, and the other, a solid branch, I wonder how they choose where to be, lovely photos as always. Jean.

Ruth Hiebert said...

They are handsome birds. I like the one on the stick.

Anita said...

Such a beautiful and commanding bird. Nice sighting and capture for you!

Nette Cecilia said...

Lovley place for that bird ,nice shot ,Nette

Leovi Leovi said...

I love these photos, the Hawks is beautiful!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi TWG - they are lovely looking creatures aren't they .. amazing to see .. great photos - cheers Hilary

Chris Rohrer said...

Just saw this bird again in California. It's a piece of art. Your pics prove it!

Findlay Wilde said...

I saw your eagle picture on Brian's blog. It is really brilliant.

Fjällripan said...

Wow he is a beauty! and so impressive how he can sit on this thin stick!! :)

Hilary said...

What a great vantage point he has.. and that he's given you for these captures.

Bob Bushell said...

Awesome.

Ms. A said...

Checking out the menu!

Andrew Fulton said...

Lovely birds to see... the first perch looks precarious.

Robin Lamb said...

T, what beauties! That one couldn't get much further on the end of that branch!

Gosia k said...

what a strong beak he has...

Justin Carfagnini said...

Beautiful raptor!

Kerry said...

Beautiful bird. How do they do that? Balance up so high on a stick? Like a hawk lollipop, sort of.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You captured them well....I love how birds enjoy balancing on the tip of a stick!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

They are an incredible bird with a stern but elegant look. Such a strong bird too.

The Queen Jester said...

Great capture on the images - they are so majestic.

Janet Shaw said...

Great Photos!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Awesome shots, as usual.

Marit Sønstebø said...

You have so many lovely birds at your pond! :)

Brian King said...

Oh, snap! Those are awesome! And they picked great perches! I hope the hawks return to my yard this winter and, hopefully, reduce the starling and/or House Sparrow population.

Does anyone say "oh, snap" anymore? :-)

Stephen Hayes said...

Their ability to perch is amazing.

A Quiet Corner said...

Hawks are so handsome, aren't they? Noble creatures, I think!...:)JP

Sally Crowe said...

Great shots, T. :)

Marie Flutterby said...

Awesome captures my friend what a beautiful bird. =0)

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bailey-road.com said...

They're beautiful.

Linda Kay said...

One has to wonder how he stays perched up on that stick! Beautiful raptor.

Gert said...

Wow..great shots! Love seeing Hawks!

Our photos said...

Wow, this is very nice !

charuhasacharya said...

Stunning birds.

Lynn said...

They are pretty birds! And there's Bubba down the bottom again:@)

Red said...

My, what big feet you have Mr Hawk!

Terry and Linda said...

I always love looking a hawks and eagles and even owls!

Linda
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Donna said...

Those claws really do hold on tight! We love watching the hawks around here too.

Michelle said...

That first one looks like he is hanging on for dear life!

Randy said...

HAndsome and very proud looking hawks.

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

i wonder what he was looking at? what a gorgeous hawk. love all those colors. great pics. ( :

Cloudia said...

look at THAT!!!!!



ALOHA from Honolulu
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Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Please, don't let me slip down, I am gripping tight.

Stephanie Faris said...

Something about the second picture reminds me of a turkey! Amazing shots.

Paul said...

I guess it's all about the view when you're a Hawk!

Judy said...

Pretty birds!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is a gorgeous bird. Wow.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Lovely photos and I love the way they can sit perched high on such a branch!
Hugs,
Mariette

KB Bear said...

Wow, after perusing your images, I believe that I saw one of those (fleetingly) around here. Very cool!

joeh said...

Beautiful bird...unless you are a rodent.

bj said...

fabulous....

Pat Tillett said...

I am always amazed by the deadly looks of these guys. Nice photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That stick does not look strong enough to support this handsome guy. (I KNOW there are female raptors, but I find it very difficult somehow to refer to them as female. In reality the females are probably the fiercest!

Handmade in Israel said...

Beautiful shots! Beautiful birds!

SweetMarie said...

surprised the twig didn't break! lol

Margaret Adamson said...

Good balancing act.

Michael Manning said...

You wonder how they balance on branches sometimes! Amazing!!

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Hi Tex,
What brilliant photos. I am not sure what bird it is!
looks like a hawk !
How can it hold on so tight at the top of the long tree branch.. incredible.
Amazing that you are having such strange weather there in Texas.
Here our weather is windy and raining.
looks like its set in for the rest of the week.
val x

ashok said...

graceful bird...

SuperLux said...

Fascinating!

Adam Jones said...

What a fantastic bird.

michaelswoodcraft said...

He's is huge! Love the pictures! :)

Laura. M said...

A good walker !!

carolann said...

What awesome takes of this Hawk.

Marie said...

Wow! I am always awed by the beauty and majesty of hawks! You got some great photos of them!

Black Jack's Carol said...

How do they do that? (Dangle at the top of a very thin stick.) Just amazing to me; love that you caught these shots.

Ida said...

Awesome birds. The one on the stick has great balance.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

They are magnificent!!

Midmarsh John said...

Fascinating balancing act with the Hawk on a pole.

barbara l. hale said...

Always amazes me to see a (relatively) big bird standing on a skinny stick. I think they have enough confidence in their wings to feel secure there.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Amazing birds!

pattisjarrett said...

And you have TWO of them? I hope they aren't looking for Painted Buntings!

Christian Perrin said...

Wow, a hawk sitting out in the open like that in Australia would be getting dive-bombed by other birds. It is quite a pretty species though, with its barring and reddish colours.

Julia said...

I like how he holding on to that leaning branch. Beautiful bird just the same.
Hugs,
JB

Jimmy said...

You have to love those hawks, isn't it amazing how they can balance like that.

Stewart M said...

Even if they do wobble a bit, birds ability to hang on to tiny twigs is remarkable,.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

PS: sorry for slow reply, I've been away from home because of work!

Betty Manousos said...

love these photos. such a wonderful, amazing bird. ah, your bird photos never fail to thrill me.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos of these gorgeous birds.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I would imagine they were causing quite a bit of chatter! Handsome hawks!

Lindy

Gail Dixon said...

Oh how I admire these birds of prey! Don't like seeing them in action, but posing on a branch they look so magnificent.

Carletta said...

Great shots!
I'm so trying to learn to recognize the ones I see but they look so much alike. :)

Margaret said...

watching… we have a few around here and they have recently started hanging out on a horse fence. I got a cool photo of one flying away.

lindaakacraftygardener said...

beautiful bird in various poses

Helma said...

What a beautiful bird of prey is this. His colors are also fantasist itself. I ehb never seen such a beautiful robber!

Kathy said...

A super group of shots.

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