Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hunting for breakfast

I was in my home office early this morning, trying to focus a little on work, while still listening to the birds at the feeders outside the window. Suddenly things got quiet outside, and then I heard the familiar call of the hawk-Coopers Hawk, I think- and I grabbed my new camera and took a look. Sure enough, there in the pine tree that overlooks my feeder area from the neighbors yard, was the hawk I've grown accustomed to seeing and more often, hearing. But this was the first time since I've gotten the new camera. I have got to "learn" how to use this camera as it is hit or miss, if the zoom stays in focus. But a few shots turned out pretty good- click to see them full size.

After awhile of looking away from me but sneaking peeks over her shoulder she turned and faced me head on....what beauty!!
And then took off, seemingly straight for my open office window, but she veered off and went around the house, leaving me literally trembling in excitement!
Happy Hunting Miss Hawk! Just stay away from the feathered ones in my yard, like the little Cactus Wren in the picture below.
I "really" don't know if this is a Miss or Mr Hawk- but I think of it as a her. If anyone else knows please comment and set me straight!


Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

Hello Dee, my husband is a 'birder' and very fond of hawks. So I have come to appreciate them. Your photos are captivating, btw, Cheers Alice
aka BayAreaTendrils

Deborah Godin said...

Our excitement at seeing this hawk probably equals the songbirds dread, but those are great photos!!

Lindy MacDuff said...
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Lindy MacDuff said...

Really great shots, especially the one flying right at you! I don't know if your hawk is male or female, but the females are the larger of the two. If anyone reading your blog wants more info about Cooper's hawks, I would direct them here:

Diane C. said...

That hawk is a beauty! I don't see them very often, but I suspect they're nearby whenever the songbirds are too quiet.