Saturday, January 31, 2009

Camera Critters
The Cardinals and The Hawks

For my critter post this week I chose to share some of my feathered friends I found lurking in the past week. You'll need to enlarge all of them for best viewing. When you've finished browsing here join Misty by clicking on the badge to see other Camera Critter posts. You never know what you'll see.





I wonder how cold it felt sitting on that metal in 25 degree weather yesterday!
The cardinals filling up before the storm.
I believe this is a Cooper's Hawk. As I was leaving one day I saw him in the branches and parked farther up the road and tried walking back. He was still a little too far for my zoom lens but enlarge and take a look.
The sun came out yesterday and I saw this guy's shadow in the snow as he flew over the bird feeder. I think he too is a Cooper's Hawk. Again, a little far but if you enlarge this you'll get a much better view. It was a joy to see him against a blue sky after the snow storm.

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32 comments:

Pietro said...

Very interesting sequence of pictures, Carletta.
It's always so difficult to photograph animals moving quickly.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Isn't it amazing how birds can be out there and not seem to feel the cold, Nice set of photos

Kostas said...

Beautiful photographs with marvellous visitors!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I've never seen so many cardinals at once! West Virginia is sooo different from central Ontario. ;-) I'm in envy mode.

George said...

Thanks for sharing these. You did a good job of capturing the hawk (twice). So far I haven't been able to get one, but I'll keep trying.

maryt/theteach said...

Carletta, I didn't participate in Camera Critters but I love your cardinals... I had cardinals come to my feeders when I was feeding birds but I stopped when pigeons and squirrels took over! :(

Old Wom Tigley said...

Nice to see so many of these beautiful Cardinals...
I also liked your Sky Watch post.... that must have been some snow fall...

I hope this comment finds you well
Tom
Wiggers World

Teena in Toronto said...

It must be chilly for them. Brrr!

I played too :)

judi said...

cool! Good shots of the birds. I like the snow on the bare branches too.

Jedediah said...

Cardinals are gorgeous birds, I love their bright colour. Nice shots.

Melli said...

Ohhhhh you have a LOT more cardinals than I do! I really think I only have one pair. I have a LOT of chickadees and titmouse! I also have one woodpecker and a rarely occasional blue jay - but he is BRILLIANT. I love it when he visits even if he is mean... I've never caught him on camera though.

I got one of those bird feeders that sticks to your window with suction cups this week. I love it! I get such a close up view of the birds -- but can't even THINK about taking a picture of them - they see me every time! They had a different kind that had a one way mirror on it, so I could see them, but they wouldn't see me... I wish I had gotten that one! I might go back.

ramblingwoods.com said...

I stink on hawk IDs....Thank you for feeding the birds..This is a tough winter for them...

Sue said...

Great winter time pics! And I bet it would be freezing perched up there!

Grammy said...

All wonderful photos. I so enjoy watching the birds too.

Have a great week
Grammy
Missouri, Usa

Carolina said...

Those cardinals are so brightly coloured, beautiful. They think: "dinner is served", and so does that bird of prey :-|

Tammy said...

What beautiful birds!

Noner said...

White cardinal?

http://yummydown.com/rattitude/?p=167

Flo said...

I love the red cardinals, male and female. I love their spot of color in any setting. Great photos.

Mine is up over at Feathers,Fur and Fins

quilly said...

Wow! Here we have a yard full of Brazilian Cardinals, but only one full Red Cardinal comes to visit. And no hawks. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

Bruce said...

I just LOVE cute little birdies!! Thanks for posting these pictures:)

Norm said...

wow! gorgeous series of photos, birds looks so wonderful and fantastic. Check out my camera critters here and thanks for leaving a comment.

Rose said...

I have looked and looked at the one with the cardinals...trying to figure out what thought it was bringing to mind...I finally figured it out...Have you read A REDBIRD CHRISTMAS by Fannie Flagg? I think I need to read it again...

Anyway, I LOVE that one with all the cardinals.

Darla said...

Great photos, love the red of the Cardinal.

Villas Girl said...

Hi! I love cardinals. And I'm a bit jealous. I have never had that many male cardinals in one spot at one time. Thank you for sharing.

Willard said...

It is good that you are having a lot of adventure with the birds.

I am not the best at identifying hawks, but I think you are right about it being a Cooper's Hawk.

Dianne said...

I love the cardinals - they fly by so fast, brillant flashes of red :)

Gattina said...

The poor things they must be freezing ! I can't put up a bird feeder because of the cats ! they would get crazy and the birds too. Fortunately there are enough in the neighborhood.

fishing guy said...

Carletta: How cool with all the cardinals sharing the food. I always love hawk shots.

juliana said...

the cardinals look like tiny spots of paint scattered around.
magnificent looking hawk(s).. i like birds of prey

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oooooooooh. All those cardinals just about broke my heart. We rarely see more than one pair at a time here. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Janice Thomson said...

What a delightful series of shots - one never tires of looking at birds and watching their antics.

storyteller said...

Nifty captures of birds in these wintry trees ... just beautiful.
Hugs and blessings,