Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Young Hawk Pictures........

I have some pictures of a young hawk........and I feel privileged to have been able to take them.


 This hawk was standing on the sidewalk out in front of a store that hadn't yet opened that morning. 


The talons are long and sharp......


The beak is sharp and well able to use as a bird of prey needs to use its beak.



 The bird looked like it had the feathers puffed out, as if it was at rest or something.  The bird watched me as I went around it, but it did not seem to be afraid or alarmed, just aware.

It seemed to have a problem with one eye...it was open some of the time, but the eye looked different than the other eye........and most of the time, the eye was covered with what looked to be an eyelid with feathers......although I am not sure. 


The feathers of the breast were so soft and fluffy looking which led us to think it was a young hawk.


Here is a close up of those talons - 












It was amazing to be so close to such a bird - I was probably only about 1 foot from the bird, but was very careful to watch to be sure the bird wasn't upset.

This is a beautiful bird. I don't know why it was content to stay in one place for so long - while we were around it for about 10 minutes, it never moved from that spot.....the only thing it did was to rotate the head to follow our progress. It did not seem to feel threatened at any point, though I was aware of watching for a mother hawk.

 This guy looked to be almost full grown and it may actually be an adult. The behavior seemed a bit odd, but I am thankful that we were in the right place at the right time to photograph such an unusual sight.

Thank you for visiting and enjoying these pictures of the hawk with me........I hope you have a very good day. :)



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16 comments:

  1. Those are some amazing photos you captured of this hawk. Love them all. Each one amazing to me. That he stayed and didnt move is even more amazing. A gift from God for sure. Thank you for sharing these photos with us. Love them and your blog is beautiful! Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I agree that it was a gift from God........I am very thankful. :)

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  2. Very cool indeed! I love birds and would've been so excited to have had your experience. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was really surprising.....and we weren't even supposed to be out in that town that day.....or at that store.....Hmmm...I guess I should say that we hadn't planned on it, but God did. :)

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  3. Beautiful Pictures! Amazing! :) <3

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  4. wow, love this. I love photography and am glad you linked this up to my Small Victories Sunday linkup!

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    1. Thank you.......and thank you for visiting. :)

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  5. Amazing photos. We had a red-tail in our yard last weekend which I thought was pretty neat, but I've never seen anything like this.

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    1. We have had a red tail here also, but I can't seem to get a picture of it!! At least not a good one....so glad I had this chance w/ this other hawk. :)

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    1. It really was.....and to be that close....what a treat. :)

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  7. Wonderful photos! I wonder if that eye was giving him a problem and that's why he was so docile.

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    1. I think you are right....that is what we were thinking also. The bird is now at a wildlife refuge center and being cared for.

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  8. Gorgeous pictures, and evidence of God's design!

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    1. Thank you..........God's design is indeed amazing! :)

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