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







Sunday, December 29, 2013

Year Ending With Raptors~



It is the end of the year and since my blog began with Red-Shouldered Hawks...it seemed fitting to add some of my favorite mosaics of them, as well as some of the Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, and the Cooper's Hawks in one post.
These are not the hawks found on Tingsgrove, but found beyond this 2 acres. 
I am always on the look-out for them...
Many people do not care for Birds of Prey, and much of that is based on misinformation.  They have a very difficult life, many more die, than survive their first year and their numbers in many areas of the world are way down. 
I believe them to be beautiful, majestic and fascinating and so I close this year with Raptors and bid everyone a very wonderful 2014~

Remember to double click on the image, to view a larger slide show of the images shared
   
 I will also be linking up with Mary at:

"Mosaic Monday"


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As well as I am linking up with Stewart at:
   Wild Bird Wednesday
(http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/)



Red-Shouldered Hawks~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 


Cooper's Hawks~
 
 


American Kestrels
 
 
 
 


Red-Tailed Hawks~
 






 

23 comments:

  1. Great set of photo, well captured. They look cute & cuddly but I know they are deadly

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  2. Brilliant year endings with all those Raptors, happy new year 2014.

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  3. I've always so enjoyed your bird photography. These were a delight to scroll through...
    Glad you added this to Mosaic Monday, too.

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  4. Beautiful photography! These are amazing birds...well captured!

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  5. Yes, the life is not easy for the Bird of Prey. Me too, I always look for them.
    So beautiful birds !!! Your American Kestrels photos are very beautiful.
    Happy New Year 2014 Mary and a lots of beautiful "wild encounter"!!!

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  6. the red-shouldered sure are lovely.

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  7. Lovely photos, I always study them well for identifying the hawks I see in our area.
    Happy New Year Mary.
    Judith

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  8. Wow Mary, awesome photos of the Hawks!

    Wishing you all the best in 2014, Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  9. You've had lots of great sightings. Great shots!

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  10. Your images are stunning. We have a hawk we see in the neighborhood and very often sitting on a power line. He is quiet handsome and I do enjoy watching him. I have seen him sitting on our fence occasionally. That’s when I realized just how big he is. Very informative post.

    Wishing you a wonderful new year!
    Emily
    The French Hutch

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  11. I love raptors and these are fantastic photos! Sadly, I don't see hawks very often or if I do they're at a distance. For the first time ever we've had a couple of hawks stalking the feeders in the backyard, but they don't stay long and I haven't taken any decent photos. You are very fortunate to have so many around you. Have a Happy New Year!

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  12. Terrific shots of the raptors.

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  13. Great shots of your beloved raptors Mary. Wishing you the most wonderful Year of your life!!!
    Hugs . . . Arija

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  14. I'm so pleased you spoke up for raptors Mary as they have a vital place in the environment, and as you righly say, their numbers in many areas of the world are declining due to man upsetting the balance of nature. Your photos and mosaics do them all great justice and I especially like the kestrel shots where you have captured the finesse and the agility of falcons.

    That's a great shot of the Cooper's Hawk standing on the bird table.

    Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year and Best Wishes to you and your family from everyone here in Wet and Windy Lancashire.

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  15. Great series. Happy New Year.

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  16. Beautiful images. The in-flight shots are fantastic!

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  17. Well Mary you signed off 2013 with another stunning post, keep up the brilliant work in 2014

    Dave

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  18. Perfect way to end the year, May...or to begin a new one. ;)) Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!

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  19. Awesome post!
    Happy New Year to you!

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  20. Magnificent birds and your photos are great. Happy New Year to you!

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  21. Hi there - anybody who "does not care" for birds of prey needs to get some help! Wonderful birds.

    Hope you had a good New Year.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  22. Great photography! I love the raptors, last week I was able to capture a few shots of the American Black Vultures.

    I enjoyed visiting your site and plan to return, lots of great photography!

    greetings from upstate South Carolina! ;-)

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  23. Fabulous. I want to put the blue sky one (above the wonderful flight shots) on my wall.

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