Saturday, March 31, 2012
moving hawks

A number of years ago when I was somewhat more mobile and able, I followed the birth and growth a some baby Hawks.....I wrote quite a bit about them back then, but I took so very many pictures during those months, I thought it might be fun to show some of them to you now---some I don't believe I ever posted...... I so enjoyed getting pictures of these truly beautiful birds, in flight...Especially with the sun highlighting their feathers, as in the pictures above..... They are magnificent Birds, these Hawks. I see them all the time as I sit looking out at the city...They usually float and sore and swoop slowly, looking for prey, I know.....It is the way of nature. But these pictures are all of the Baby's after they learned to fly---trying their wings and doing really well.... Taking off......WOW! It's awesome to catch these Hawks right as this is happening.....Look at those little yellow feet....These Birds are strong! Such a young face, above....One of the three babies---not quite mature yet.....(Do click on these to make them bigger......). You can tell by their eyes, among other things, that they are still so very young in these pictures....... Here are the three 'babies' together....They were together a lot when they were teenagers....It was such fun to photograph them and to follow their growth....Fun and also so very satisfying....! I am always saying this, but there is nothing like watching nature in all it's wonder......There are more special pictures of these three siblings....Next time, my dears....next time......


More To Come.......







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24 Comments:
had this to say:

Oh my, how AWESOME these images are, you look to be close enough to reach up and almost touch these amazing creatures - wow! You live in a beautiful part of the world, to have such visitors on your doorstep.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2:11:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Libby
had this to say:

These are great pictures! I find as I get older I notice the birds more. Up here in the desert we have lots of ravens and crows - I love their tenacity! And I'm lucky enough to have an owl visit the tree right outside my bedroom about once a month.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2:14:00 AM PDT 

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wow, wow, wow!! I absolutely love those pictures!! so many in motion and not blurry! Amazing!! They are just stunning Naomi! I keep telling you that you need to have a tabletop book made of your photo's of animals and you garden!

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:16:00 AM PDT 

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Dear Naomi, I'm glad you re-posted some photos of these awesome hawks! I remember well when you followed the birth and growth of some lovely and cute baby hawks. But some photos are new to me. You did a delightful and extremely beautiful captures of this amazing birds! I've enjoyed so much all these great photos. I think it's very difficult to photograph birds, because they don't still...
Thanks for sharing!

Have a pleasant and nice weekend!

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Fantastic photos! We get a lot of Red Kites here in Mid Wales and I find them fascinating to watch :)

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:11:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Absolutely wonderful in flight photos Naomi. That is not easy to do. I usually get a picture of where the bird was.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:17:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Very cool.

At the moment, we've got a couple perched and nesting in an oak tree across the highway. They patrol my parcel and keep the field mice at bay, though I've never had a camera ready to document their hunts.

Cheers.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 12:09:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Fantastic shots. How far away from the birds were you? We're you using a zoom lens?

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:49:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! These are amazing pictures you captured!!

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:38:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I can see why you say nature is your religion (or something like that). There is peace in nature and a special wonder that cannot be explained. Love the way you captured these hawks and gave us a glimpse into their amazing world. Beautiful closeups, as usual.

Thanks for sharing and I wish you a wonderful Sunday, amiguita! ♥

Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 6:28:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh, Naomi -- how privileged you were -- that's an amazing bunch of photos -- really great action. Nice lens!

Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:49:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I remember all your wonderful posts from this time well. I loved following their development through your blog. The hawks are such magnificent birds. I do hope you are still able to see them (maybe not the exact same ones) flying around. Nature is such great therapy. That is why I surround myself with animals :)

~ Bobkat

Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 9:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Awesome!! Thanks, Naomi! xx

Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 9:44:00 AM PDT 

Blogger Pat
had this to say:

Magnificent photos Naomi. I wonder if the same ones come back and visit you. I bet they do.
Do you ever have them flying at the windows like my owl?
Because we are on one side of a bowl we have the floating and soaring but they are just seagulls and the odd buzzard . Not nearly so exciting as your cretures.

Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 3:47:00 PM PDT 

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I see your photos- and already covet a longer telephoto to practice getting up to your level of skill with the lens.

I shall miss when "our" hawks get bored with the neighborhood.
Magnificient creatures. I wish them all happy gopher hunting):-

Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 11:08:00 PM PDT 

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I recall seeing hawks soaring and in flight from my youth in the midwest countryside. Never had a close view of nesting birds or the young when they first flew. Your photos are remarkable.

I do occasionally see hawks out here as they occasionally venture out of the mountains into our foothill residential area. I sometimes hear owls, too.

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 4:08:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

We have one in our neighborhood, but I can never catch a good photo. The second one of your photos is just magnificent!!

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:34:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

they are magnificent!!
it is so difficult to get in flight photos, these are wonderful
made me smile

Hope sends hugs
I just saw her in the kitchen eating veggie chips so I showed her the pictures :)
and yes, she remembers who Omi is :)

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 8:53:00 AM PDT 

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Those are some great action shots! You must have a good zoom lens. Anything nesting nearby now? Putting my birdfeeders back up is on my list but I keep forgetting to do it!

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 4:29:00 PM PDT 

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So beautiful Naomi! What a pleasure and joy to have participated in this and from your wonderful, fabulous, tree house in the hills.
"your" euphorbia trees are just beginning to leaf out here. It's a kick for me to go to neighbors houses and see the "babies" also growing so big and strong.. Enjoy your day and feel blessed in your beautiful tree house... Hopefully we'll have a nest to observe this Springtime of 2012..

cynthia

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7:24:00 AM PDT 

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I love photograph 2 and 3. How amazing to capture these birds. Reminds me of the film I enjoyed recently "The Big Year". If you haven't seen it, you should. So were you up a tree yourself with a camera? :D

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7:48:00 AM PDT 

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PS - Naomi, have you heard of the movie, "Local Color?" I saw the trailer for it on YouTube and thought you might be interested (if you haven't seen it already):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBJgf1wAD04

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 1:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

how incredibly wonderful to have such a vista from your home - all of nature in its purest sense - and these magnificent birds to follow! how wonderful for you - and for all of us who benefit so from your generosity and thoughtfulness - hope all is well with you, dear lady - my own world still runs rampant with reality distractions but i'm working constantly to narrow them all down and be done with them and back to more fun and games so to speak - in the meantime - so lovely to drop by your place - hugs -

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 4:19:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Awe-inspiring pictures! Post all the old ones you own -- you have a lot of new readers like me!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 1:34:00 PM PDT 

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