Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nature Notes


More shots of the Juvenile Cooper's Hawk that landed on the deck rail out back not so long ago.


It was very, very interesting having the opportunity to observe him for several minutes, as he was definitely on the look-out for his next meal.


He saw me at the window with my camera, but he was far too interested in his surroundings than the woman with the box in front of her face.


He decided I was harmless enough.


There was a Blue Jay being very noisy up in the tree above its head.


And then he heard other birds behind him.


Back to that Blue Jay again. "Shhhhh.....be still!" I said.


Shortly after these last photographs he took off after it....


but fortunately for the Blue Jay......


this time he left without it.


I was relieved and yet sorry that he had to go hungry. He is young and inexperienced.


As I said in my other post about this beautiful bird, my emotions were very mixed.


Michelle is the host of Nature Notes. Thank you Michelle for this great meme.

37 comments:

Viola said...

Oh my dear! FANTASTIC, just fantastic!!!! You are a lucky lady having him in your sight! :) And he has got you too, in his sight! ;)
Extremely beautiful series of pics!! Have a nice day! :)

Linnea W said...

Incredible photos. What bold markings he has! So abstract looking. It's almost as if he's come to you specifically to be photographed!

i beati said...

quite a deck !1 sandy

jabblog said...

He is such a beautiful young creature and he will learn, sadly for the smaller birds. What a wonderful photo opportunity for you :-)

Jean said...

Wow....your photos are outstanding! You did an excellent job capturing the young hawk.

I have a love/hate relationship with hawks. I wish they would only catch rats and snakes and leave the songbirds alone.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Such wonderful photographs of the juvenile hawk!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shots. What concentration in his eyes. I'd hate to be a mouse around him.

Cezar and Léia said...

The blue jay is a lucky critter!This hawk looks very interesting in your place! :) That second shot is amazing!
Léia

EG Wow said...

I like the way the hawk seems to be doing different poses for you. :)

cat said...

Such gorgeous shots of the beautiful young bird. I too feel sad that he had to go hungry yet relieved for the bird that didn't lose it's life.

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, what a wonderful series of shots. What a great photo op.

Carver said...

These are all fantastic shots. I love the way you caught him looking around at diffierent angles.

Margaret Cloud said...

These are very good pictures, he looks so majestic. We had a Hawk last summer, but rarely ever see one in the yard. Thank you for coming by.

Autumn Belle said...

This hawk is very elegant and it has class! It's great that it stop by long enough for the photo shoot. She's a great model and with poise too. Love all the shots.

Joops said...

Gorgeous bird!

Kay said...

Don't know if you saw my post a few days ago, but we had a hawk land on our back fence. He sat there for awhile, flew off, then came back. Then he swooped down on something on the ground and we have not seen him since.

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

He is just too perfect looking.. Awesome shots

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Ooh, he's so magnificent !
What spectacular plumage, it's almost as if he's showing off for you, and saying "take my picture"
I caught a shot of the one who lives in the woods last week, he had spotted my husband's livestock water trough and was sitting on the edge. Every once in awhile he'd disappear and take a bath :)

Halcyon said...

Wow! Amazing shots of this man. I am really impressed. :D

Kay said...

Wow! Denise, these are fabulous captures. I had to call my husband in here to look at them and he was really impressed. I love how it's curling its neck to see around him.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Denise, You got some great pictures of the hawk... I loved watching him look all around for his next meal. Glad the Bluejay got away...

GREAT PICTURES.
Hugs,
Betsy

diane said...

Hi I'm back. The hawk is a beauty and your shots are great.I have enjoyed catching up with your posts that I missed while away. The Seattle trip sounded good. It is a rugged pretty coastline up that way.

Indrani said...

Great captures! Ideal for submission to magazines and books.

srp said...

I wish they could catch a few more blackbirds.... I only have to fill my feeders and in twenty minutes they are here chasing away all the smaller birds. And they scatter the seed searching for a specific tidbit. Such messy eaters.

Craver Vii said...

It looks like he's doing the "camera dance." You know, when you are looking through the viewfinder, and trying to find the best perspective. :-)

Roy said...

More really amazing shots of that bird Denise.

Janie said...

Great photos of the hawk. His head movements are so expressive. You have some fascinating captures here.

Squirrel said...

Fantastic photos of the hawk.

A piece of news said...

He is glorious and his movements are beautful. I have mixed emotions, too.

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Thanks for visiting and following my blog. You have beautiful photography.
Look forward to visiting more.
~ Julie

Steve Borichevsky said...

Wow, this is so cool!

Rambling Woods said...

What amazing photos and a wonderful opportunity to observe this awesome raptor...Thank you so much for adding this to Nature Notes...Michelle

Gel said...

Amazing series. Love the personality shining through in these shots. Now, I live in VA, too and I've never had a hawk on my deck. I've had them land on my patio but opening that door would scare them away. Beeeeeeautiful photos!

Singapoare Plants Lover said...

Wonderful! Wow, I wish I could have such photo opportunity.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for these great shots. I was searching the web for this particular bird because one tried to take a wounded snowbird that hit my glass door from my hand. Just a few moments before that the hawk had landed on the hand rail behind me. Bold birds, aren't they. Then he attempted to attack from the front from a higher tree in our back yard.(in the woods) I had closed my hand around the little snowbird a half-sec before he attempted to remove it. I'm not sure who was the luckiest, me or the snowbird! What an adventure!