Saturday, December 6, 2008

Camera Critter Meme #35

Hawks...Buzzards...whatever you call them, I love them. And shooting photos of them is a fun pastime for me.

Not long ago, I was in the ranch lands east of where I live, camera in hand, to find buteos. You see, every winter, the northern states in the continental U.S. get visitors from above the Arctic Circle, who winter here. They are known as the Rough-legged Hawk...and I think they are gorgeous birds.

Though it was the first run into Rough-legged country, it proved profitable. I hope you enjoy the shots.

Rough-legged Hawks get their name from their legs, which are covered with feathers. Though you can't see this in any of these photos, you can see the light colored head of the younger hawks.

Rough-legged Hawks




As we turned on to another road to head to the main road, I noticed a lone hawk sitting on a fence post. A quick stop produced a beautiful profile shot of a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk, which is seen below.



If you liked my critter photos, head to Misty Dawn's Camera Critter page and check out some of the other entries. And if you have the time, join in on the fun!

21 comments:

Rhea said...

Very nice Hawk photos! I love them next to the cattle especially and on the post. N ice!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I agree - they ARE nice looking birds! So winter has arrived in Texas, has it?

Dina said...

I did, I did like your hawks.
They look so serious, those birds.

Lapa37 said...

Beautiful shots especially when you enlarge them.Great captures.

Norm said...

gorgeous shot of hawks birds! love the cows too, they are healthy and wonderful..

i beati said...

They scare me with all the anmals they steal but lovely Sandy

Jedediah said...

Awesome birds. They blend in well with the grass

Faye Pekas said...

Beautiful sharp photo of the red tail. Very well done.

Misty Dawn said...

They are absolutely gorgeous!!! Considering the 'bird conspiracy' against me here in Missouri, I'll just have to enjoy your photos ;-)

fishing guy said...

Ash: I love to see the hawks but they are always so hard to capture.

Ladynred said...

Love the hawk picture and the cows too! Happy CC!

Tarolino, Finland said...

I'm new to this meme so i am just making aquintance with the different posts at the moment as well as posting one for myself.
Birds of pray are magnificient indeed and I greatly admire their abilities and survival skills. Your photos are great and I particularly love the one with the hawk on the ground close to some cattle. Shows how brave they are.

babooshka said...

He as obliging. Love to get that close, but sadly no luck.

kayleen said...

nice shots. thanks for sharing

Anna said...

I love hawks. They're such gorgeous birds. I love to see them soaring through the air. It makes me wish I could do that, too.

Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

I love hawks, too. I had a Cooper's visit one of my birdbaths here in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago.

Grammy said...

Great photos. I love the hawk.
This is my first time on Camera critters.
Have a great week.
Grammy

Mama Zen said...

That last shot is gorgeous!

Gretchen said...

Great shots of the hawk! I've never been lucky enough to catch them in the wild.

b13 said...

Cool hawk shots. We saw a bunch of black cows on our way to Gettysburg this weekend.

Leedra said...

I think they are some type of hawk.