It’s been a very long time since I posted any images. I have occasional shot some images, mainly of my grand children, but have not had the motivation to process them or post them.
Yesterday morning I was having breakfast and looked out our patio door. This is the guy I saw sitting on our clothes line post. I have photographed him many times over the years and watched him grow. He is huge and these images do not convey his true size.
I watched him for awhile and thought if I take the time to get my camera, get it set up and try to photograph him he will be gone. So after about ten minutes I decided what the heck. I got the camera and lens set up and configured, then carefully opened the patio door and started shooting. None of this seemed to bother him. Not even the constant shutter noise.
It was raining the entire time he was posing for me and he was probably looking for something to eat. We have a lot of rabbits and squirrels in our neighborhood so he is never hurting for food. Just a few weeks ago he caught a young rabbit in our neighbor’s yard. By the time he was finished with the rabbit most of what was left over was in my yard so I got the duty to clean up after him.
While I was photographing him a smaller version of him appeared on the fence behind our home. I don’t know if they are related but they seemed to tolerate each other. At one time they were both sitting on the fence in close proximity to each other. Unfortunatly I was not able to get an image of that. So it was a fun 20 minutes ripping off 192 images of which I kept about 32.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I actually got out with my camera yesterday looking for something interesting to photograph. It is a bleak time of the year with not a lot of interesting (to me) things to shoot. I did pass this red bridge, which caught my eye. So I have a couple of images for today.
I was on my way home when I saw this guy. The only long lens I had with me was the Nikon 80 – 400 mm lens, which was not quite long enough to get a close up of him. He let me make about 6 images and then got fed up with me and flew away. 🙂
You can click on the image to make it larger for more detail.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Sunday! ~ 257
I finished my chores around the bird sanctuary and assembled the two additional chair we purchased sometime ago but have never introduced to the patio until yesterday. Angie, Ben and the Grand Kids were coming over for a cook out and I wanted to be able to accommodate them in comfort.
Then I thought I would make my bird feeder image of the day and get that out-of-the-way so I could enjoy our company. Problem was there were no birds at the feeders. They hardly bother flying off now when I refill the line as they know I’m harmless and I usually mean fresh food, so I couldn’t figure why there were no birds. One would occasionally land atop one of the feeders and do his rapid nervous looking around and then just as quick he would fly away.
There were plenty of birds in the trees so I was at a loss to understand. Then suddenly from the big tree in back (my view blocked by the basket ball backboard) of the feeders came a large Red-Tailed Hawk. He came past me at eye level and then swooped up and over the house.
As soon as he was gone about a hundred birds (well that’s what it seemed like) came back to the feeders and started eating, fighting, and drinking from the bird bath. Things at the sanctuary were back to normal. Well not so much because the dreaded Hawk returned to another tree just to the side of the feeding line and in the blink of an eye the birds were gone again.
I made several images of this magnificent bird. He is as big as a small eagle. He would only show me his butt and only occasionally look my way. Then just as quick he was gone again and he did not return the rest of the evening.
Had a great time playing with the Grand Kids and never got a camera out. That doesn’t happen very often but I just wanted to enjoy them last night.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Sunday. Thanks as always for visiting my blog and be careful.