Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Tuesday, March 26, 2013

For The Love of Red-tailed Hawks and Raptors~



I love Raptors!
I also love when you can see them more frequently, when the trees have no leaves!
Red-tailed Hawks are in our area all year long and I really enjoy them.
There is a large nest within 10 miles of our home, and another one that I can monitor about 25 miles away, when I happen into the big city;')


I am linking up with Stewart at:


Wild Bird Wednesday

(http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/)



Thank you Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday~ 
 


The image below is of one of the pair that built the large nest above. 
This image was taken in February and even with very cold temperatures, it had a snake in it's talons...yum!
 
 


A couple of weeks ago, while out driving, I could see the beauty below, as I was approaching a curve and there was no traffic. 
I put my car window down and readied the camera and began to get some captures of this beauty, first on the fence rail, and then as it flew to get away from me;')
 
 
 


Higher, higher, and higher it flew, until I was cutting it off, unable to see it from my window, as it flew over the top of me~
 
 
 
 
 
 


Last week, I stopped in to visit my friends June and Beau Solley, who live near my daughter Brittany and her family. 
Some may remember Beau from last summer, when my grandson Thomas got to hold his Red-tailed Hawk Olivia.
Beau is a Master Falconer, and it was he, who also took me to the Great horned Owl's nest in late February. 
We plan to check in on that nest again around the 10 th of April, so will keep you posted.
Beau has freed Olivia and has a new Red-tailed Hawk now, that they call Eve. 
Beau had placed this swing high up on a hill for he and June, and on this beautiful afternoon, I thought it too pretty , not to include in this post.
It was such a treat being able to once again be so close to one of these magnificent birds~
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

33 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to capture such a great shot of a red-tailed hawk in flight. I LOVE yours!

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  2. Beautiful shots of the raptors flying. Gorgeous focus on the falconer/falcon. What a great opportunity.

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  3. Superb shots you took of the Hawk flying by you and over you! And I LOVE that photo of the tree and swing. Great composition! Wonderful post!

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  4. How beautiful can a bird be! And those your sharp and fine photos make really justice to this species!

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  5. As much as I love your bird photography...today the swing just spoke to me...so adorable. Thanks for visiting our blog...we love visitors.

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  6. Beautiful Raptors aren't they Mary?

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  7. just gorgeous. love your flight shots showing their gorgeous red tail!

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  8. Hi Mary....Magnificent bird the Red Tail Hawk...as your fantastic photo show!!!
    I have one that I watch soar way to high to photo, majestic!
    Thanks for sharing your love for raptors!!
    Grace

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  9. Mary - these are all amazing. The hawks are such beautiful raptors and you really capture them well.

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  10. Great photos - especially the in-flight ones.

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  11. i share your love for the raptors. Great flight shots of the Red-tail!

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  12. The colours on your red tailed hawk are amazing. From Findlay

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  13. Incredible pictures, Mary. I love the swing hanging from the tree! What a spot to watch nature from.

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  14. Wow, you got fantastic photos of the hawk in flight, so sharp! Very good!
    Also good photos of the falcon, but I feel a bit sorry for the bird though!
    Greetings Pia

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  15. Great set of photos, love the inflight ones.

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  16. Mary, your hawk shots are awesome. Love the flight shots and the ones perched.

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  17. Excellent captures, the in flights are awesome!

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  18. Wonderful series Mary. I love seeing the up close and personal portraits of the hawks with your falconer friend. But my favorites are the flight shots. They're beautiful, and although I'm envious of your ability to capture the birds in flight, I am so grateful that you CAN and that you share. Lovely.

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  19. Superb photographs of that gorgeous raptor! Very nice!
    I could watch them soar all day long.

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  20. Gorgeous! We have a hawk that regularly visits our backyard- he is majestic! The only problem is that he is there because of all the birds that frequent our feeders and baths. Several times he has almost caught one but they have escaped in the nick of time. Your pics are wonderful. Happy SPring. :)

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  21. And why would't you!

    Splendid set of shots.

    I am always surprise just how much colour there is on the gannets.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  22. What gorgeous shots! I missed some good hawk captures yesterday.. I need to work on my "speed" - lol. These are just wonderful.

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  23. Wow these hawk pictures flying higher and higher are wonderful Mary... A beauty this hawk... I'd love to see it better one day than the sight I got in Boston ;-)

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  24. Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  25. I just love to watch raptors in flight and else where. Beuautiful shots I really enjoyed looking thanks.

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  26. Magnificent, stupendous, beautiful indeed. When you see a hawk up close like that it's easy to appreciate how it can inspire young people to become involved in conservation. Your shots of the wild bird are superb too mary. What other name but Red-tailed would fit that rusty tail?

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  27. Magnificent bird! You got some wonderful shots.

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  28. Wonderful in flight shots!
    You got some terrific close up shots with the Falconer - awesome to be that close.

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  29. Oh my goodness, exceptional photographs of magnificent Red-tailed Hawks! They really are a sight to behold. Terrific post, Mary!

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  30. I love the series of photos of the Red-Tailed Hawk in fly !!

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