Sunday, December 11, 2016

Red Tailed Hawk in Flight

Is there anything more majestic than a bird of prey in flight?


We have the luxury of frequently watching red tailed hawks as there is a pair with a nest across the street from our cottage in a grand old oak tree.  Binoculars help us enjoy their adventures.


It's easy to tell when they have chicks as the parents are extremely busy bringing snacks to the nest.


This beauty was photographed at Blue Springs Lake near Independence, Missouri on a short hike.  I wonder how one wing became damaged?


This particular photo makes me smile as the hawk is just barely in the frame.  The very next shot only has half a bird in it.  ;-)  Anyone attempting to get critters (or small children) on camera will understand the difficulty of hitting a moving target and the reason for my smile.  ;-)


We were walking near this waterfall when the hawk circled above us.  The camera was in my hands, so I started snapping as quickly as I could.  Here are a couple more photos of the lake.


It appears to be a "young" lake as there were several dead trees in it.


I am curious about these in particular.  Perhaps they represent an old fence row?

If anyone knows the history of Blue Springs Lake, will you please let us know your thoughts?


To everyone who read and commented on my post

 Rest and Heal

Thank You!  I played around with this hawk photo and my current favorite quote.  The injured wing in flight helps me feel stronger.

;-)  -Marci

11 comments:

  1. Hello, wonderful shots of the hawk in flight. The second one is my favorite. The waterfall and lake are pretty scenes. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. Happy Christmas to you and your family!

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  2. Gorgeous shot of hawk in flight ~ lovely waterfall too ~ thanks,

    Wishing you peace in your days ~ ^_^

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  3. Lovely photos. Thank you for joining The Really crafty Link Party this week, and happy holidays!

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  4. Great shots of the hawk in flight. Beautiful waterfall too.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely and inspirational quote with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing. Wishing you a healthy, happy year ahead!

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  6. What beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them and its not often you can get pictures this good of a hawk in flight. They are wonderful to watch when they are soaring with their wings spread in the air.

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  7. I have missed many a shot of birds in flight, so your words made me smile. You did great, though, at catching more than a few wonderful shots. I am curious to know whether the hawk could have been moulting instead of injured? I think I read somewhere that most birds moult at least once a year. Just googled and found this article on moulting but there's a LOT of info in it. Far more complicated a subject than I realized. Anyhow, a fun post and most interesting too. :)

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  8. Fabulous shots! I know what you mean about capturing "moving objects." I have a shot I took recently of the back end of a running dear. :-)

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  9. Wonderful Hawk photos!
    Great waterfall photo, too!

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