Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hawk Sighting

If you read yesterday's post you know Hubby and I had been out for a Sunday drive when we saw the barn in my post.  After I had taken those photos I got back in the Jeep and as hubby began to pull forward I noticed this hawk in the field beside of me. Hubby stopped and I got a couple of shots. Of course the hawk was way farther away than the capability of my lens and I was shooting into the noonday sun but he posed and I clicked.
By then he knew I was there and off he flew.  National Geographic won't come calling asking for permission to publish my photos; but, sometimes it's experiencing the moment that counts and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to live in the country and enjoy nature's little surprises on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
(Clicking to enlarge the photo should  help in seeing him a little better.)
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

26 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a very nicely colored-out red-shoulder! beautiful!

Brian King said...

Congrats! I've found hawks rather difficult to photograph around here. The opportunities are rare. Nice job!

Andrew said...

A lovely bird to see... and more than a record shot for you..

Phil said...

Your comment about appreciating the moment in the countryside is a valid one Carletta. I wish everyone was the same . Even here from the UK I can see it's Red-shouldered Hawk.

Findlay Wilde said...

I just love watching the wildlife, sometimes I forget to take a picture and sometimes I go mad and waste all the batteries. From Findlay

Linda said...

Perfect attitude...I think I will borrow it rather than complaining about not having the right lens with me! Nice capture!

Karen said...

He's a beauty! (Or she!) I like it's barred feathers. They are so hard to photograph. Lucky shot! xx

Red said...

Great that you stopped and made an attempt at a photo. You never know what might happen. Maybe with some luck and then National Geographic may come calling.

Adam Jones said...

Nice Shots. Not easy to get close ups of hawks. Definitely more than a record shot.

mick said...

No matter what the photos are like it is still great to capture a moment like that.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Carletta, How are you? We had a wonderful vacation --but it's nice to be home.

Great hawk sighting... We don't see them very often around here --but I'm glad about that since they enjoy 'eating' my backyard birds!!!! Yipes.
Hugs,
Betsy

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....lucky you!!! And here Bud and I drive to the thermal migrating highway and seen none. I'm jealous.

eileeninmd said...

Great sighting, Carletta. I usually see the hawks along the road when we are out driving. Great shots!

Debbie said...

oh i agree completely!!

although i have been known to complain about my pictures (oh no, not you) i about wet my pants when i see something exciting to photograph!!

i'm sure it was an exciting moment!!

Colin said...

Yeah - Hawks are very wary of humans being too close up. I think they have an inbuilt memory box, that says "that camera just may be a gun". Don't see too many in suburbia, but I sure will see plenty in the next few weeks when out in the country. Heaps of them around Young, NSW and another thing, have you ever seen two of them together in the wild? I never have and I have seen plenty of them over the years. Maybe in a tree where they have a nest, but never two when they are hunting.
So photograph a pair out hunting and you will have the National Geographic knocking on your door.
Now back to furious preparations for my departure down south. I am ticking off from my list what I have to do beforehand - ha ha!
Next contact will come from south of "The Tweed".
Cheers
Colin (Brisbane.Australia)

Gary said...

He's a beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pat said...

Good job. These are not easy shots to get.

diane b said...

Nature shots are difficult but hey you captured it anyway.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture you took of hawk ..... not always easy to prey on the lens :)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - hawks can be really hard to photograph and identify!

I have been struggling with light at the other extreme of light - very bright and flat, with not a cloud in the sky. I'll take the grey skies for interest, but the blue ones for pleasure!

Thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Australia

EG CameraGirl said...

The thrill is in seeing the hawk, the photo is proof that you did. :))

George said...

I'm certainly not going to complain about these photos. The thrill of such a moment makes it difficult for me to think about camera and lens details.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Great photos, don't sell yourself short!

Marie said...

Great hawk sighting! I had one casually fly over my head when I was in the back yard watering, he looped around and went back the other way, looking for a kill. But, I didn't have my camera! I try to remember to always have it when I'm outside.

Red Nomad OZ said...

So great you got a memento of your experience - and National Geographic is overrated anyway!!

i stora drag said...

I know exactly how you felt! And I think the photos are good enough!
Greetings Pia