Friday, February 3, 2012

Big Birds

One morning I saw three hawks. The first one was perched on a bare tree branch:


Cooper's Hawk

The next hawk was on top of a saguaro cactus:



Here is the same bird from behind:


Red-tailed Hawk

The third hawk (another Cooper's) was on a telephone pole.

Cooper's Hawk


Well, that's all for now.  Have a wonderful day. :)

37 comments:

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

A beautiful bird.

Kind regards,
Mike

Magpie said...

You take such beautiful pictures. The hawks have been really active around my area recently too.
I love your recent shot of Tyler.

Rohrerbot said...

How exciting! Hawks are incredible birds. Great shots!

betty manousos said...

adorable birds! i love their lovely plumage!

great shots!

Clik said...

Hello Diane!
Very beautiful your Big Birds!"

Magnific!!!

siga said...

Interesting. I haven't seen for awhile any Big Bird, (seagulls don't count like big, right?) How did you manage to shoot them from behind too? Imagine you have skills like Indian to get invisible ;)

Diane AZ said...

Siga, Seagulls are big to me! The birds I usually see are the size of doves or smaller. These hawks just stayed put even while I took pictures. I didn't see them fly.

tom sullivan said...

Diane, have you seen the 'free-flight' of Harris' Hawks at the Desert Museum?

Janie said...

That's a lot of hawks to see in one morning! Perching atop a cactus looks a little ouchy!
Lovely photos.

Diane AZ said...

Tom, yes about 15 years ago I saw a "free-flight" show at the Desert Museum. I love that place!

Gaelyn said...

Nice shots. We have some open land around here where the hawks hang out, usually on electric poles.

Loree said...

That's amazing - three hawks in one day!!

Nat said...

Ooooh! Amazing sightings :-)

shirley said...

What magnificent birds.

Giga said...

To szczęście w jednym dniu zobaczyć trzy takie piękne ptaki. Pozdrawiam. *** We were lucky in one day to see three of these beautiful birds. Yours.

Barb said...

The one on the cactus looks a little prickly! You had a hawk bonanza on that day.

Splendid Little Stars said...

How wonderful to see these!

betchai said...

i always love seeing hawks but have not photographed them lately as close as yours, you are so lucky to have such diverse wildlife, each time i visit your blog, i love the desert more and more.

Lrong said...

Beautiful captions! We have only type of hawk where we live...

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Diane;
Found you through Janey's blog. Popped over to enjoy some lovely pics from sunny AZ. I'm headed your way next month for a week long trail ride. Can't wait for some summer-like weather!

angryparsnip said...

Absolutely amazing....

I have a beautiful Coopers Hawk that is helping with my rodent population.

cheers, parsnip

rainfield61 said...

The cactus never hurts. The hawk is strong.

tracy said...

Wow, you really hit the trifecta! Aren't they magnificent? Your photos are pretty magnificent, too.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Must be plentiful dining there; great sightings!

Amin said...

Hello! I love Your photos!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Diane, Happy Super Bowl Sunday to you. May the best team win!!! I personally am for the Giants --but I truly just hope it is a good game. Anxious to see some great commercials also!!!

Great pictures of the hawks. Bet they were all looking for something delicious to eat!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Martha Z said...

I do love raptors. I enjoy birds of all kinds but there is something about these areal predators that appeals to me.

Icy BC said...

You must have a really great lens, Diane! These are fantastic shots..

Annie said...

Love these. Reminds me of Disney's The Living Desert and the bobcat balanced at the top of a saquaro. Happy memory. I loved that movie as a child and still have the book.

Faylinn said...

Beautiful images..I wish there was a little warmer here in Sweden..Hugs

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Splendid takes from the desert. Thanks for sharing.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Seeing three hawks is one thing. Capturing great images of all three is quite another, and quite an accomplishment!

Norma Chang said...

Amazing photos. You must be a very patient person. How long did you wait to capture each shot at just the right moment?

Diane AZ said...

Hi Norma, Thank you for your comment. I was lucky that the birds were already there and I didn't have to wait. :)

World Famous said...

These are nice pic's of hawks,
As they are resting in sun light.
Perfect shots.
Actual Exams

Laura said...

so beautiful Diane!

kulasa said...

they are simply beautiful!