Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wild Birds: Hawk

I sat down at the computer on Friday morning and this hawk landed in the walnut tree outside my window. I thought if I moved he would see me. He turned his head and I moved for the camera. So sorry for the glare from the window but the sun was shining right on it and well, you do what you have to do to get a record shot.

He had his back to me so I stepped a little closer to the window and tried again.

My movement in the window was enough to send Hawk Eye on his way.  Now that the leaves are off the trees it's easier to see the birds so hopefully he'll come back one day and pose next time. Or maybe those two pileated woodpeckers in the very top of the oak tree just yesterday morning will decide to land on lower limbs. I can only hope on both counts. I have no idea what kind of hawk this is so if you can identify him please let me know in the comments.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

35 comments:

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

What a neat view you have from your window - great catch! It would be fun to catch the woodpeckers, too - but as you mention - that might take a little luck.

Joop Zand said...

Good shots of this hawk..... well done Carletta.

Greetings, Joop

Terri Buster said...

Great captures Carletta!

Our photos said...

Beautiful hawk photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Oh I like this. I used to take pictures like this from my other house. So to me this is great.

Close up and the branches and the bird. Excellent!

Red said...

This is an interesting visitor to have in your yard. They are very wry so it's surprising to see it in a yard.

TexWisGirl said...

red-shouldered hawk. i love their orange and white striations on their chests. :)

S. Willberg said...

Nice photos!

Karen said...

It's always exciting to get pics of a "new" bird. I hope he isn't around the feeders too often. I had a hawk grab a blue jay a while back.

Gail Dixon said...

Yes!! I cannot wait for all our leaves to drop. Well, I am asking for a little color first, let me photograph that, then they can all get lost. lol

It's amazing how keen a hawk's vision and hearing is. I had one land in my yard awhile back and it was really tough to get a decent photo. I knew he would detect the slightest movement or even hear me breathing. Fascinating creatures. I hate how they have to eat, but I admire them so. You got some really good looks here! Nice. :)

don said...

I think you did a great job of getting his picture without scaring him away. He has a great looking feather pattern.

kelley jensen said...

I see a lot of Hawks around here but I never get tired of seeing them. nice shot today.

judi/Gmj said...

great shot..what was he hunting..keeping his eye on the bird feeder?

Ela said...

Wow, he is so great !

Mersad said...

So lonely in that tree, and very calming shot too.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Fantastic looking hawk!

Andrea said...

My guess would be a Red Shouldered Hawk ... They have very subtle coloring and the size is right. Beautiful shots ... your lucky day:)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Betsy Adams said...

Hawks are pretty birds but I am so glad that we don't have many around here. I don't want them 'catching' my little songbirds!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

mick said...

Your photos through the window and with the sun in the wrong place are really great. I like your description of "hawk eye"!

eileeninmd said...

Carletta, awesome hawk visitor. I hope the Pileateds come back for a closer viewing. Nice shots!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You got some very good pictures before he sensed you there! No birds outside my window here in Florida, so I really appreciate seeing yours. It's a blessing that we have given up for the warmth!

genie said...

glad you looked up when you did...great captures...

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I knew 'Tex' would identify this hawk! He's a beauty, what a lucky shot for you. So thrilling. xo Karen

Linda said...

Carletta, these are lovely and calming.

Neil said...

Nice photos of the Hawk.

Betty Manousos said...

first off, gorgeous shots of the hawk!
beautiful birds! lucky you, what a great view you have from your window.

Dave said...

I enjoy winter garden birding, as you say the trees are bare and easier to watch the birds come and go

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

What a gorgeous bird! I hope he returns so you can get more photos of him.

Nicki said...

I sit down at my computer and look out the window and I'm luck if I see a Cardinal. Cool stuff.

Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

What a nice shot. Thank you for sharing.

David Oliver said...

Great capture!!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Lovely shots - sometimes through the window is all we get. I'd love to see the Pileateds too - we have one that comes around now and then and like you, I have to move when they turn their heads away. I try to keep a camera near the window is I am at the window too.

Brian King said...

How cool! He's a handsome hawk!

Margaret Adamson said...

hi. How cool is that to see a Hawk from your window and great shots

bailey-road.com said...

A beautiful bird!