Thanking everyone so very much for your kind words of support and encouragement for my 5 year blog presentation last week.
I truly appreciate all of the views and the very complimentary comments from the bottom of my heart, they all meant so much to me.
As for my health...the medications are a challenge, trying to get used to them in my system, but I shall endure.
For this week, I wanted to post a few of my absolute very favorite images from this past season with the Red-Shouldered Hawks of Tingsgrove and Beyond.
Hmm for newcomers, who may not get that.
I live on a little over 2 acres and for over 31 years this land has fondly been named Tingsgrove.
For many years the hawks have lived, sometimes nested and hunted this land, as well as the land nearby.
Hence the name of my blog.
The image above is on the left the very elusive male partner of the pair and to the right the female.
Below the nest is ready, and 2 sessions of brooding was complete ( the first had failed, due to a harsh lasting Winter) and eggs have begun to hatch.
A meal was brought to the rim by the male to the left
Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the summaries below~
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As well as I am linking up with Stewart at:
Wild Bird Wednesday
The image below is now my screensaver on my Smart Phone, just too, too sweet~
The hen presenting a meal to one of the young eyas~
The hen was always sprucing up the nest with fresh sprigs of greenery.
When the young ones begin to stretch those wings, it is such an amazing thing to watch how quickly they develop~
It was not very easy to view all 4 of the young ones at the same time~
I have tried to include some flight images in this post.
I always enjoy watching Raptors soar, and also hear their voices communicate with one another as the reach higher and higher in the sky~
It takes about 2 weeks before I can first see the white down of the little heads of the eyas.
It takes another 2 weeks to make an accurate count if the nest is as high as it was this season.
The white down changes colour to this lovely shade by about week 6~
The shot of the young one watching the hen fly in with a meal is one that I really liked~
Some may find it difficult viewing frogs and songbirds taken, however this is the way it was planned and while yes, it can be sad...it is nature at it's best.
I have heard it said that 6 out of 10 times a Bird of Prey will miss what it hunting, and then only 10% of them will survive their first Winter.
It is a rough life for them.
To have 4 beautiful young hawks now thriving at 11 to 12 weeks ( they hatch out every other day) of age, is truly a great success story and I am so hoping they do well~
Above the beautiful hen bringing in another fresh sprig of greenery and below, she has offered a small snake to her young ones.
She allows them to fight over who gets what~
Once again the same thing when she delivered a songbird~
These next 5 images are probably some of my most favorite of the several thousand that I snapped in 18 weeks~
Yes, I can honestly say, without shame that I love this bird, she is truly awesome~
If you saw my post from last week, this was the young one that fell through the trees and hung all night by a single talon.
One of the neighbors Jack found a road killed Gray Squirrel and we presented it to the hen.
She did indeed find it and I was so happy to see that she first fed it to the very hungry one on the left.
She then fed a larger female to the right and she allowed her to fly off with it.
This would be the first meal that the young one would lift and fly with...nice~
The adult female had brought in a meal...she is in the middle on the branch.
Three of the 4 young ones went for the same meal and one started to fall after a brief battle for food privileges.
One took a tumble and was caught by another one and hung by it's talon long enough that I got this quick snap, before it was released and dropped to a tree below~
I found a snake that had been killed by a car also one day and why not offer that as well...it was only going to be wasted as Vultures cannot get to everything out there.
With such a large family to feed, it was a good thing this season.
The hen ate some and then fed 2 of the chicks a bit, before allowing the one below to have it.
You cannot see the snake in this image, however the bird is mantling it here,
the it is learning behaviors and skills which will be needed very soon for survival~
She is a beauty!
Probably my favorite flight shot of the female this season~
The image below just makes me smile.
A young one has just left the nest and has gotten all comfy.
This is one of the last times that I was this close to one of the 4 young ones.
It looked wonderful!
All of them are very strong and healthy and I could not be more pleased~
This is the youngest of the 4.
She is such an animated bird, probably my favorite, but then again, yes, they all are.
She still will fly close to where I stand, whereas the others are in the distance now, and that is as it should be~
The week that they left their nest area was week 9~
A Blue Jay accompanies the adult female in flight and a young one in flight~
All 4 young ones free and doing what they need to be doing to thrive and survive.
It was a great season with them.
Each one of them touched my soul~
I deleted over 6,000 images from this run and some that had good bones, I kept in a folder to just have some creative fun with.
These are the ones that have made it thus far into the category of my artsy Red-Shouldered Hawks images.
Some of these will actually be printed and some even sold as greeting cards.
It is all a good thing, a very good thing~
As for this last entry for the season...well one of the young ones was doing a little branching in the rain.
It was having a blast first time out of nest.
It would run, jump, hop, spread it's wings and I could just imagine one of Michael Jackson's recordings being played as the bird danced it's way off the stage.
Thank always for stopping by~Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the summaries below~