Friday, September 25, 2009

Camera Critters # 77

We were at Brookside Gardens in Maryland last weekend, another favorite spot we have been visiting ever since we discovered it a few years ago. The fragrance garden was on our list but it was closed off due to a wedding. Cheers to the Bride and Groom and off down another path we traveled, knowing that there were plenty of other pretty spots to look at and knowing that we will be back here again, probably next Spring.

One door closes and another door opens. We hadn't gone far when my good spotter and hubby looked up and saw this awesome sight, a bird of prey high up in one of the tallest trees in the garden.
Do you know what kind he is? I have no idea. He was too far away to get a decent shot and I cropped this one to get as close as I could. I was very happy as this is the first one I have seen for any length of time. My feathered friend perched there for several minutes before flying away. I occasionally see a lighter colored and much smaller falcon when I am driving around closer to home but always on a telephone wire and always while driving in heavy traffic, with no opportunity to grab my camera at any of these sightings.

One of the volunteer ladies came over and we chatted for a while. She didn't know what it was either but thought that maybe it was a younger bird with that light coloring.

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31 comments:

diane said...

He is a very light colour almost pink. Sorry I don't know what it is, I hardly know any Australian birds let alone American ones although I know we have some that are the same. I find birds very hard to capture on camera but I'm going to make it one of my challenges.

Cloudia said...

Wow! I think you captured a hawk, honey!



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Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful bird, Diane.... Looks like a hawk to me. They scope out the area ---looking for a Mourning Dove to munch on. Around here, when my backyard birds at the feeders disappear, I always think that a hawk is nearby...

Have a great Saturday.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ann said...

You are very lucky to get th ebird pose for you. When I see a bird, it always flies away before I can get my camera.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Such beautiful birds - you were lucky to get such a lovely shot Denise. A x

jabblog said...

Lovely shots - I think we're all agreed it's a hawk of some sort ;-)

Squirrel said...

What a wonderful find for the critters theme.

tricia said...

Wow, these are great Denise. Can't help with a name though-- as usual. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Craver Vii said...

I wish I knew for sure what that bird was, but I want to guess red-shouldered hawk. Too bad you didn't get to the place you originally planned, but these are neat shots, too.

We love Luna said...

oh dear Denise, he is a fabulous critters, no doubt!
Thanks for sharing these beautiful shots!
purrs and love
Luna

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eileeninmd said...

Denise, I agree with the Red Shoulder Hawk, But I am still learning my Hawk id's. So I could be wrong. It is nice finding new places to walk.

Babooshka said...

I know he's the kind of predator that I dread hanging around the garden because of all the little garden birds I have. Beautiful though, but deadly.

Snap said...

Denise,

He is a beautiful hawk ... no matter what kind and how kind of him to pose for you! Well done!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Beautiful hawk! Looks a bit like our red-tailed hawks that live in the neighbor's tree. Whatever kind he is, he's lovely!

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

What wonderful photos you've managed to capture. I'm glad others could help you with the ID ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Maria said...

A beautiful capture, Denise! I also think it could be a hawk. But a very big hawk!
Have a nice weekend!

bettyl said...

Such a fabulous creature you caught! Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you find out what it is!

Tes said...

I look closely and it looks like a hawk... wow, what a capture!

Anna said...

He's gorgeous, whatever kind of hawk he is. I've never been able to take any pictures because I always seem to see the hawks when I'm driving.

Squirrel said...

I think it is a Red Shouldered Hawk. A lot of hawks are migrating now so keep your eyes on the look out for them. Most will be very high in the sky but they come down occasionaly. Nice photo. Don't you just love Brookside Gardens? I used to live in that neighborhood.

magiceye said...

beautifully captured!

Carletta said...

Whatever his name Denise it's a great 'capture'!


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Gattina said...

I don't know what it is either, but it looks very proud and beautiful !

Tulip said...

wonderful captured of a beautiful bird.

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Kay said...

That looks like a very powerful hawk. Impressive photo.

Joy said...

I agree that it looks like a hawk. A hawk looking for dinner! Great photos!

mountain.mama said...

My birding friend concurs, a red-shouldered hawk.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Denise: We have that hawk in our area and they are beautiful.

MedaM said...

I don't know much about birds but this bird looks powerful and your photos are really great.

Viola said...

Oh my! Such a wonderful bird!! :) And a fantastic photo! :) The first thought of mine .. a hawk? Second... an eagle?? It looks like a hawk, but I havnen't seen that one before.
I've also had a look to your other posts below, wonderful! :)