Monday, January 5, 2015

Resident Hawk

I love to see the hawk, yet I hate to see the hawk.
This Cooper's seems to be ever present,
making it difficult for the yard birds to visit the feeders.
 
In the front yard
 
 
In the backyard
 
 
 
It's been a very mild winter here, with just one snowfall in November. I would have thought the hawk could do it's hunting in the forest a couple of blocks away!
 
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51 comments:

Linda W. said...

GREAT photos! Wow - yes, interesting to see, but he does keep the other birds away.

Elephant's Child said...

Such a quandary. I too would love the hawk, hate the hawk...

Stephanie said...

Nice captures!

Derek said...

Superb photos! Well captured.

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Mersad said...

Majestic shots!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Nancy J said...

Super photos, he looks so contented perched there. Take care, Jean.

eileeninmd said...

I know how you feel, the hawks are awesome to see. Just not eating my feeder birds. Great shots! Have a happy day!

David Gascoigne said...

Great shots, Karen. I think that you should simply enjoy this magnificent accipiter and recognize that you can't expect him to ignore the smorgasbord you have provided for him.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....just plain wow!!

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EG CameraGirl said...

They are handsome birds but, I agree, very scary for birds at feeders!

Bethany Carson said...

It's a beautiful bird...though dangerous to smaller birds! Great shots!

When we see a hawk around our place either we or our dog Ginger goes out to make sure it doesn't eat any of our chickens.

The Furry Gnome said...

Incredible pictures, a beautiful hawk!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful captures! We had one here once and the birds were noticeably absent until it gave up and left.

TexWisGirl said...

my gosh, these are AWESOME shots! what a striking, sharp-eyed bird you've got hanging around!

Sandra said...

he is gorgeous and your photos are stunning.

Willow said...

We just started having a hawk that has been scouring the farm this month. I do like seeing them in the woods but NOT in the yard , for the chickens sake :)
You got gorgeous shots of your hawk though .

Rebecca said...

Understand your feelings - I feel the same. I especially get nervous when any hawk is eyeing by free ranging chickens. Great shots of an admirable hunter. I love the last photo with its glaring eyes! Have a good week!

Muffie said...

He's really a handsome specimen, but I can see why the little birds would be frightened!

HansHB said...

A wonderful serie, perfect post for WBW!
Happy New Year to you!

Carver said...

Amazing shots of the hawk. Happy new Year!

Bob Bushell said...

I have the same problem with the Sparrowhawk, but, they are glorious. I love your photography.

mick said...

Great photos of a magnificent bird but it does seem unfair that it should take advantage of the little birds at the feeders.

Margaret Adamson said...

I suppose the food might be easier to get from your garden than in the forest. Great shots of the Hawk.

Debbie said...

i have the same love/hate relationship with them as well!!

beautiful captures, it looks like you got pretty close!!!

awesome to see you today!!!!

Andy said...

Nice photos. You really captured this guy's true beauty.

DeniseinVA said...

He's magnificent isn't he? Fantastic photos Karen, you have captured him beautifully.

Sylvia K said...

You do indeed get the most terrific captures of birds, Karen, they never fail to take my breath away!! AND it is so good to see you online. Hope you are feeling -- reasonable these days! I am holding good thoughts for you!!

fredamans said...

Beautiful bird. He is as enamored with you as you are with him.

Susan said...

Wow Karen, magnificent shots.
I know what you mean about the significance of seeing them around, but thankfully they move on don't they!
You've shown their beautiful features so well. Beaut to catch up again :D)

Nora said...

Very good close up photos of the hawk. They do scare the birds from the yard.

Felicia said...

beautiful images. It is much easier to prey on birds from your yard, sad but true fact of life.

Janice Adcock said...

Very beautiful bird and great captures.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Hrm. Hawk. Still made at the one that killed our bluebird this past summer.

I like the little songbirds and hawks keep them away, ugh.

They're majestic but HUNGRY! : - (

Happy New Year, sweet lady! Hugs.

Lea said...

Great photos!
But it is sad that he is preventing the small birds from coming to the feeders
Lea

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Great shots of this handsome bird. Too bad he's scaring the other birds away.

RedPat said...

I've noticed Redtailed hawks hanging abou the last couple of days. These are great shots, Karen!

Phyllis Oller said...

I have a love/hate relationship with hawks as well. But they sure are awesome! What beautiful shots you got! Thanks for sharing! Phyllis

Phil Slade said...

Truly brilliant pictures Karen. Yes, you must have mixed feelings about your feeders. Raptors are such opportunists and where there is a concentration of food (small birds)they will take full advantage. Try and site the feeders in cover so that the hawk can't get its talons in too easily and is slowed down.

NatureFootstep said...

he sure seem to be the master of things :) Beautiful shots :)

Pat said...

Gorgeous shots of this opportunistic raptor.

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Karen! Yes, I have a coopers here most days and I feel conflicted .... Wonderful photos... Michelle

Connie Smiley said...

What wonderful shots! Just enjoy the view while it's there. This too will pass.

PlantPostings said...

Oh, I know. The songbirds are making themselves scarce at my place, too. I'm guessing it's because of a hawk, an owl, or a fox. Come to think of it, I haven't seen many rabbits lately, either--and I'm OK with that. Beautiful photos of the hawk!

Gail Dixon said...

I prefer to see them out in the woods and not at my feeders. You certainly got some awesome shots of him! Wow.

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Marie said...

Gorgeous photos! I feel the same way about the hawks who visit our yard--glorious moments, yet terror for the songbirds!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yes I know exactly what you mean. In our Oregon yard (way back when we had a 'real' house) we had a Kestrel Hawk which I felt just the same about.

Magnificent raptors, but ....

Les... said...

awesome pics of your hawk!! what a great set of shots, so much fine detail and character, check out those piercing eyes!! *VBS*

ladyfi said...

Wow - beautiful bird!

theflutteringleaf said...

These are lovely shots Karen,have a great weekend.