Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Watching Birds

Early one morning in the desert

 a hawk perched on top of a saguaro

and a smaller bird, possibly a purple martin,
repeatedly circled and swooped down at the hawk.

The hawk just watched

as I watched.

red-tailed hawk

* * *
Back at home

mourning dove and male cardinal

female cardinal

female Gambel's quail

male Gambel's quail

One of these doves looks a little different...

wearing a white feathered stole!

Odin Kitty likes to watch birds just like I do.

Have a lovely day! :)


Amin said...

Hello! Wonderful photos!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Big hawk on top of a saguaro... what a classic shot!!!

PJ van Zyl said...

thanks for the walk in your world

cieldequimper said...

Now I have to wonder why the bird was circling!

Giga said...

Pięknie wygląda jastrząb na szczycie kaktusa. Ptaki koło domu też są cudowne, a szczególnie kardynał. Pozdrawiam.
It looks beautiful hawk on top of a cactus. Birds near the house they are wonderful, especially the cardinal. Yours.

Roberta Warshaw said...

My cat is the same way. She could watch them all day. Although the mourning doves make her a little nuts for some reason. I think it is the way they peek at her from their little side eyes.

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, I like such views:) Greetings

DeniseinVA said...

Hi Diane, I love your desert photos. Always a pleasure to pop in and see what you have to share that day.

An English Girl Rambles

Anonymous said...

What wonderful photos.

Loree said...

The cardinals make me smile - they are so flamboyant.

angryparsnip said...

Lovely wonderful photos.
I always wonder how they can sit on the cactus. the Martin is/was very brave or dumb ?
Lots of Cardinals have been out and about at my home lately.
I adore the different marked Dove. I have never seen on like that before.

cheers, parsnip

Darla said...

Fab photos! I'm particularly attracted to the Gambel's Quail...I just love 'em to bits...wish I lived near a whole bevy of them! LOL

rainfield61 said...

The hawk just watched, as you watched.

And I watch.

ZielonaMila said...

Wonderful photographs, such a closeness of the nature is enrapturing:) Greetings

betchai said...

the hawk on top of saguaro, that was something i wanted to see when i visited Arizona last spring, you always have amazing wildlife in your side of the world, what a beautiful morning

Rohrerbot said...

I love when the kitties help me watch the birds although they have moments of excitement and then they are all gone:) Wonderful shots and love all your birds on your post today.

Ramakant Pradhan said...

The first shot is amazing. Capturing the light so well can be quite tricky at times. The bird pictures are lovely, especially like the close one of the hawk.

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Betty Manousos said...

oh my word, i love your desert shots!

perfect photos!

hope you enjoy your week.