Friday, May 09, 2008
bird babies

Here are these three dear little Hawk Babies....at least I think that is what they are....I'm not sure how old they are here, but they look fairly young. And above, we can see their Mommy or their Daddy....I'm not sure about that either.....I read that the Hawk mother is bigger than the Daddy...And that Hawks mate for life! I love that....being the hopeless romantic that I am.....Aren't these little guys cute?I thought this was kind of a fascinating picture...It looks like a cross behind them, doesn't it? The nest is quite far away.....I took a couple of pictures to try to show you how far.
Well, it is soooo far away in this picture that you cannot really see it at all, unless you know what you are looking for.....So, below....a little closer view..... You see that roundish brown spot right in the middle, just above that white gate opener? That is the nest! And in this next picture, this is how close I can get with my camera..... I can't really see a lot of detail till I download the pictures into my computer and enlarge them.....Then....What I can see are like those first pictures above and like these others below, too.
This Hawks Nest has been up in that tree for years and years...But this is the first time I've had a camera that could get as close as this, which is just thrilling....And, here is another picture of these three cutie pies, below.....
And these next two.....even a tiny bit closer..... I wish I could post the Andrews Sisters singing "Side By Side"......
All the pictures of the babies enlarged were taken on April 26th and 27th....I have been following their growth every day since the 24th of April, or maybe it was the 23rd....well, anyway, there will be......



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37 Comments:
had this to say:

amazing Naomi!! Love these pictures!!.. you made me laugh at wanting to post the Andrew Sisters "side by side" lol..

Maybe you should name the babies?
Lessee... Mo, Larry & Curly (3 stooges?) Ummm, The 3 Muskateers? 3 of the Marx brothers? There's got to be a trio of good names for the babies lol

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 5:05:00 AM PDT 

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Good job on the discovery and photos. I hope you keep us posted as to their progress.

Cheers.

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 5:06:00 AM PDT 

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Naomi, all female raptors are bigger than the males. A bit like humans! *dodges punch*

Red-Tailed Hawks?

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 9:31:00 AM PDT 

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That is amazing, Naomi! I loved seeing the photos of those bird babies! You really did some exploring and documentary about nature world! What a fabulous set of pictures! Well done!

Have a nice weekend!
Many hugs!

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 11:26:00 AM PDT 

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How marvellous to have discovered this nest so close to your home. At the moment these chicks are just big balls of hungey grey fluff but they are going to grow into such beautiful majestic birds. I do hope you are going to keep us posted about their development.

Marvellous pictures and thank you for sharing them!

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 3:15:00 PM PDT 

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By the way, I forgot to say I am running a little competition on my blog if you feel like popping over. It's all in good fun :)

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 3:17:00 PM PDT 

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I love babies! Doesn't matter what kind - a baby is a baby!!! Thank you for sharing these great photos...

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 3:42:00 PM PDT 

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Wow, those are impressive photos and the babies are so cute. I saw eagle babies one year and it was fun to watch them grow also. You have quite the telephoto. I thought we had a good one but it wouldn't get that close. I do see better though what things are when I have used it and downloaded the pictures as you said.

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 3:56:00 PM PDT 

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Yes they are cute BUT it always shocks me that birds of prey - which are so stunninly beautiful and sleek, can have (compared to them) such ugly chicks - all straggly white feathers and gawkiness ... it's a bit like "just adolescent" children really.

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 9:35:00 PM PDT 

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Sooo sweet. They would grab Chi Chi in a heart beat, but now just awwwww. (If Chi Chi were around.)

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 9:35:00 PM PDT 

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They are such beautiful creatures, and what a neat experience to watch them progress from munchkins to full-fledged adults.

It's good to be back in the broader blog-world. I've missed magical moments like this. I've missed sharing in your vision.

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 9:46:00 PM PDT 

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They are so close up, Naomi. Your camera did well.

Michele sent me.

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 2:28:00 AM PDT 

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What a facinating series of photos. Those birds are thrilling. See how cute they are now, and in months, they will be killer-birds, as they are meant to be.

Excellent post

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 5:07:00 AM PDT 

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Thanks for mention the Watts Tower! Yes, I saw this amazing tower when I was searching for information about Ferdinand Cheval. Here a good link to see this amazing skyscraper:
5 Incredible Works of Insane Architectural Genius.

Have a nice weekend!
Many hugs!

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8:10:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
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Awww, the photos you captured of these babies are super! Great shots.
But what really makes me feel good is that you don't get "out" that much anymore and yet.....you have SO much LIFE right there in your own back yard. Between all of your gorgeous plants and flowers and also the birds and views, etc. I think that's just great! So continue to enjoy, Naomi, and thanks for sharing with us.
Terri
http://www.islandwriter.net

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 9:49:00 AM PDT 

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Call them Huey, Dewey and Louie (even thought they aren't ducks!) How cute they are and how neat that your camera zooms that far!

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 9:52:00 AM PDT 

Blogger PI
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Naomi: these are breathtaking. How on earth did you manage to spot them? I suppose the activity from Mum. Attenborough would love to live in your house:)

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 10:30:00 AM PDT 

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I'm still laughing out loud over the Andrews Sisters comment. :)

You've taken some wonderful close-ups of these beautiful little birds. I could just watch them all day. Observing nature is one of the most relaxing things we can do.

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 10:50:00 AM PDT 

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Michele thought I should come back adn view your wonderful photos again Naomi. The funny thing about Birds of Prey is that I think they get more beautiful as they grow. Birds of prey all have a certain majesty that they acquire when they fledge don't you think? I hesitate to call these chicks 'cute' because nothing cute has a sharp beak like theirs! LOL!

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:15:00 AM PDT 

Blogger Mar
had this to say:

Enjoying the bird babies and your great shots!!
happy weekend :)

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:07:00 PM PDT 

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Great pictures! They are cute, aren't they? :)

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:58:00 PM PDT 

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Those fuzzy fellers are adorable!
I LOVE your idea of them singing like the Andrew Sisters.
They sure are "side by side."
It's probably getting more crowded by the day in that nest.
Soon they will be ready to test their wings.
This is a perfect post to see on this Mother's Day weekend.
I know you will be thinking of your dear mother.
I wish there was some magic way for you to spend Mother's Day with her. Wouldn't that be the most amazing and wonderful thing??!!
I think that because I grew up watching Disney movies, I have a great imagination. I sometimes think of magical and amazing things that I wish were possible. I don't dwell there very long, but I do enjoy dashing in and out of those daydreams.
I wish you some pleasant memories on Mother's Day. You & Sweetie have a goooood day.

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 3:37:00 PM PDT 

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Happy "I wish you were my mother" Day from me lol.
LOL at the andrews sisters comment, very apt.
How neat to have that entertainment so close and to be able to watch them grow :)
BTW I posted a couple of pics from the show last night, nothing on youtube yet. I am pretty sure most the Americans couldn't understand Joels act anyway he talks fast and with a Kiwi accent LOL

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 5:51:00 PM PDT 

Blogger VV
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That is so cool! Keep taking pictures. I'd love to watch them grow up.

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 7:27:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh Naomi, those little fuzzy headed babies are so cute!! You definitely have a good camera to reach so far!! I mean that is really far away!

My neighbor has 3 babies in a nest on top of a wreath on her front porch. I want to get a picture before they fly away!! I think they are robins but not positive.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day. I love what Jamie Dawn said about if you could have a day with your mother...oh if only that were possible for all of us who have lost their dear mothers. I'd sure love to see mine!

I'm sure Sweetie will give you many kisses tomorrow!! :)

Thanks for your kind words on my blog. You are such a dear!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 8:03:00 PM PDT 

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THANK YOU for sharing! Makes me want to peak up in the branches of the trees to see what might be discovered.
The one occupied nest I knew of this year- local snake found it- so there won't be babies in it this year.
I know it is the natural order of things- but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:09:00 PM PDT 

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Yes indeed they are all very fascinating and wonderful photos Naomi, I've enjoyed them very much.

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 12:49:00 AM PDT 

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There is nothing like watching babies grow....Love the pictures.

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 5:23:00 AM PDT 

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I'm a hopeless romantic too and adore the animals that mate for life. Hawks! That is fantastic. They must be very young to still be so white and fluffy! Great job getting them on camera. I am glad they have a home there!

And happy Mother's Day to Sweetie's mother!

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 7:27:00 AM PDT 

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What wonderful close up photos, Naomi!
You are right, the female is usually a bit larger than the male. Both birds will feed the chicks, and 3 weeks after hatching (I think) the babies will fledge... and fly from the nest. The parents will continue to feed them until the young are able to hunt on their own.
Lucky you, to have such a good view of the family!

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 8:45:00 AM PDT 

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Those are just amazing! We have hawks around all the time, but I've never seen their babies. Very cool. I did see some sweet little quail babies the other day, but I couldn't get the camera ready fast enough before they disappeared.

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 9:36:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

those are so cool! nice shots!

michele sent me over!

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 10:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Your such a great photo hunter Naomi - these are great - so well capture.

You are a bit ahead of us: the birds are busy making their nest right now in Norway. They are twittering in the morning and wake me up at sunrise around 3AM

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead!

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:29:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

those photos are amazing! I would be mesmerized by being able to watch baby birds grow.

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 12:15:00 PM PDT 

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You're a good grandmother to them!

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 5:39:00 PM PDT 

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Oh, what beautiful little baby birdies - so much a better blog subject that that egotist Barbara Walters (Mind you, I did like your comforting comment that she would be visiting cities other than NY to sign her book!).

But give me bird babies any day - at work we currently have baby swans and baby Canada geese. Little bird babies swimming along after mommy and daddy - nothing better :-):-)

cq

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 12:57:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

The hawk babies... what a rare experience.
~S

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 10:47:00 AM PDT 

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