Friday, April 11, 2008
feathered friends

There are two very tall trees, (Maybe Pine Trees? I'm not sure....) that are about halfway between my property and that mountain behind them known as Runyon Canyon---the place where all those people walk that I spy on with my long lens....Well....Occaccionaly, if I am lucky, I see a Huge Hawk on top of one of the trees....The day I captured this picture above was one of those times.....I only got two pictures because I had to run..(well, wqlk quickly) and get my camera...This picture above, was one of those photo's.....Do click on it...No, it's not perfect focus, but it is a pretty exciting picture.....Below is the other picture...He was just starting to get ready for "take off"..... I keep looking for this great beauty or his sisters or brothers...but, I have not been as lucky, so far.....Oh yes....a few months ago, I captured this wonderful Hawk below.... Another one to click on----you must remember this is very very far away for my camera...(This was actually taken with a different camera than the first Hawk above it......) I just love being able to see these Hawks somewhat closer......I see hawks around here all the time, but I don't always have my camera handy... But, when I do have my camera handy, I am thrilled to be able to capture these beautiful wonderful birds, even if the pictures aren't perfect.....I love that he is kind of cleaning in the picture above.....! If you click on this, hopefully you can see that he is looking to his right...These birds are always checking out what is around them, all the time....Looking for other predators; looking for prey..... Above.....A different Hawk on a different day.....What a magnificent bird....Regal, and gliding through the air in such an artistic way....One can hear a Strauss Waltz as these birds glide about.... Look at that Wing, above....turned up slightly.....This magnificent bird is on 'the prey'......He is looking down, hoping to find his next meal......And in the background? The City.
And then.....much much closer to home....in fact, right by my front door, sitting in the nest that is nestled between the Carriage Lamp and the wall..... One of the babies who is not really a 'baby' anymore....in fact, this little one flew away the very next day.....That is the Mommy behind her....And here below, a really close look at this sweet young Dove..... Spring has really sprung, for sure......!






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36 Comments:
had this to say:

Oh my goodness Naomi - those photos are amazing!!! And to capture the photo from nature itself, wow! We have Hawks and Eagles around these parts too but never quite get to see them sitting still...

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 12:20:00 AM PDT 

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I see a hawk occasionally always over in the same area and I always stop what I am doing to watch it. They really are magnificent. This year I have been seeing a pair of Cardinals quite often and I really love them. They are the state bird of NC so I grew up seeing them all the time but I don't see them very often here in Texas, so I'm really enjoying them. We also have Mourning Doves all over the place. I like their call.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 12:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

As always - WOW!

You are *such* a good wildlife/plant photographer. I am, as always, very impressed by your 'eye' for things.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 3:57:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I will never know how you manage to catch such fantastic bird pictures!!!! Beautiful Naomi, just beautiful!

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 4:44:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Suzy (Deana at Friday Nigh Fish Fry's friend)
had this to say:

A few years ago, some doves nested in a walnut tree right outside my bathroom window. It was a real treat watching the babies hatch and grow every morning from such a close range!

Hawks are very "stately" looking birds, but something about them scare me! Maybe it's because they look so serious!

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 5:46:00 AM PDT 

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I could be wrong because it's difficult to gauge the size of the bird, but that looks like a Golden Eagle instead of a hawk. Great photos, whatever it is.

Cheers.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 6:19:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What great captures! Those hawks are majestic, so powerful...they are lucky to have a place to live in such a big city.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 7:34:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

You have so much nature right around you Naomi!!! Just amazing indeed!! I don't see a lot of hawks but just occasionally. I love the doves!! They are such a sweet bird!!

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 7:48:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Brilliant photos! Red tailed Eagle I think.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 7:54:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

HAWK, I meant hawk!

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 7:58:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Great captures!

We have a hawk-kind of bird that sits on a fence across the field. Although, it could be a red kite as the county is known for them.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 10:24:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow, how quick you are with the camera! Beautiful pictures!

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 10:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi: Saw Lee on All My Children today. She looked wonderful, despite her hatred of the red wig! I don't think she could ever look terrible in any role - she is so beautiful.

Thanks for the heads up.

Anne

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 11:00:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love hawks - they are so powerful and graceful. We have 3 or 4 different kinds that frequent our area. And right now we have baby cactus wrens to watch as well! And I'm sure we'll have some baby starlings sometimes soon as they are hanging around the saguaro constantly.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 12:01:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What a great series of photos Naomi! These hawk photos are awesome! Did I tell you that I think it's so difficult to photograph birds? They don't still...I had few photos of birds on my archive...
So you did a good job here and the doves... Oh My, they looks adorable!

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 1:15:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I can't believe these are not professional photos. You really have an eye for capturing nature, Naomi. It's the artist in you.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 2:32:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Fantastic pictures of those hawks, Naomi - you really captured their strength and beauty.

Hope you have an excellent sunny weekend !

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 2:38:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great photos. Just the other day as I walked I spied a hawk having dinner on a field mouse or something. He was across the creek. Suddenly he flew straight toward me. I took a pic. Outta focus. The hawk landed in the tall grass along the edge of the creek, took several gulps of water and took off for home. I tried, but there was just too much foliage. And he was too fast on his exit flight. I'll try again another time.

Thanks for these inspiring photos.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 3:48:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

those are beautiful photos of the birds, especially the hawks. I love that first one. What power is shown

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 5:36:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You had great luck getting those pics, Naomi. We have a hawk that lives in our woods and occasionally I see his huge shadow flying over our deck. One day he landed on the ball that is on top of our deck umbrella and by the time I got the camera, he had flown away.

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 5:55:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

stunning photos!

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 10:14:00 PM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Magnificent birds! Now I must ask MTL the difference between a hawk and an eagle. When the wings are outstretched it looks similar to our buzzard- but larger and more impressive. I once saw a golden eagle in Scotland and had Scottish music playing on the car cd. Very moving. Popped over from Michele's.

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 12:11:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I am a bird lover with several Nikon long lenses, but MS makes my grip too shaky, thank you so much for sharing these magnificent photos.

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 4:16:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful, I am so glad you notice these magnificent birds. Thanks for sharing your photos..

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 7:33:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

These are spectacular-to-the-eye birds in your close-up photos. Really enjoy seeing them up close in the wild and watching them soar, dip and dive through the air. Wonderful they are around your area, but then I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 9:27:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What a nice 'capture' Naomi and they are beautiful, glad you managed to see them around coz we are lucky to see this through you too :D

Have a nice weekend my dear friend :D

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 9:57:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

You got the shot! All of these made me smile, to look at them and to think of you taking them.

I commented on both of your comments at Loose Leaf. I sent myself here. Wish I could fly over.

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 10:21:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Michele sent me back to see your hawks again, Naomi. They are wonderful birds.

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 10:35:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

That's a big bird! Be careful it doesn't swoop down and take you away!

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 1:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You have taken some great pics of the hawks, Naomi. It's hard to focus when the birds are so far away. Do you use a tripod?
There are quite a few red-tailed hawks around here, and I have seen one catch a smaller bird in my back yard on two occasions. And sometimes there's a tell-tale pile of feathers under the pine tree, and I know that the hawk had his dinner there.

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 6:44:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I'd have to hide Tiny Dog and Chi Chi if that first hawk was spotted in the sky! :)

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 7:44:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

hooray for spring - and for people who appreciate wild birds

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 8:09:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

i am here from michele's

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 8:12:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Just dropping by to wish you a nice and lovely Sunday!
Many hugs, dear Naomi!

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 8:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great photos! That first one is really awesome!!

The eyes of those doves are so sweet and innocent looking. They are so round and wide and deep black like those eyes are trying to take in their new world.

Happy Sunday, Naomi. Enjoy your day.

:-)

Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 9:28:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Gorgeous hawk photos!
And the doves are very sweet. :)
~S

Monday, April 14, 2008 at 5:56:00 PM PDT 

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