Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hawk Tale


Bob was walking Jake, I was walking around the pool, looking up I saw a really big hawk sitting on the wire in our neighbors yard. Grabbing the camera, I took really awful photos of him and watched.


You can see he knew I was watching, note his foot. He sat unmoving as a Blue Jay dive bombed his head, over and over. 4 other small birds flew right in front of him and he moved not one tail feather except to stare at me.

I walked around front to try another view but could not get a better one, to high no sunlight.
I told Bob I am waiting an hour, and if he doesn't move, I will call the wildlife Rescue guy Justin. I think his leg is stuck through the threads of the wire.
Suddenly after 19 minutes of no movement he flew out of my camera in a flash.
Silly thing was after my 2 squirrels .


Below is what my camera got, but with the help of Lunapic art edits I could show his beauty. Hard to believe all this detail was in the below photos.


21 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

WILD!!! In both senses of the word. I wonder if his foot was broken, but he flew off anyway? Guess we'll never know...unless you maybe spot him again. Your third picture is my favorite, it is gorgeous!! In the second picture, he is looking right at you! I guess he was too harassed by the other small birds to worry about you.

Mildred said...

Amazing edits. Hope you have a nice day.

crafty cat corner said...

Looks like he has a damaged foot but is still able to function okay. Beautiful editing .
Briony
x

eileeninmd said...

Hello, small birds will hold up their foot and pretend to be injured if they feel threatened. I do not think the hawk would feel threatened by you though.
He was a patient hunter. Great series of images, love the edits.

Gayle said...

Wildlife (and pets) must get a real kick out of humans. We always think we know what they are thinking. The RG and I do it all the time---keeps us entertained--haha.

Madi and Mom said...

MS what unique photos of the hawk. Real and enhanced...love them.
Wonder what he was doing with that foot maybe flexing it preparing to grab a squirrel?
Very very nice and artistic
Hugs Madi and mom

Karen said...

It fascinates me to see all the colors and textures in a bird's feathers or a leaf changing colors or the veins in a flower's petals.

Denise inVA said...

Amazing effects on these photos Sandra. Very artistic! I haven’t seen one of these beauties in a very long time, much to the relief of resident squirrels and all neighborhood birds :)

Pam Jackson said...

Hawks are beautiful but deadly! Looks like his claw is knotted in a fist! Great job. We have two that live around the hood but with so many houses I don't see them that often. Sandra ~ I am a better baker than I am a cook! haha....I can cook, and its good but I don't like cooking. I sort of like baking better!

Ruth Hiebert said...

It is fascinating to watch the birds, even as they are watching you.

Lois said...

They are fascinating to watch. I have several living in the woods behind my house and they are always coming into my yard. One morning there were two just sitting on the roof of my neighbor's car!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It's funny how he's got his foot stuck out like that. Wonder if he hurt it somehow. Nice edits!

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

To have this so close by in your neighborhood! I would be thrilled and tickled and probably 'trickle'. Wow.

Great edits Sandra. Sometimes when I see a hawk on a wire, their one leg is up in the chest half buried by breast feathers...I hear it's to keep them warm. who know what truth is in that statement tho.

Mama and da DB Boyz said...

Wow!! What a wonderful job bringing out all the detail! What great edits!
xoxo,
Jakey, Arty & Rosy

Ann Thompson said...

WOW WOW WOW. Those lunapic edits are awesome. Syrange hoe he was holding his leg. It's amazing to me how long they can patiently sit and watch

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You really did some great results after your fixes, Sandra. And the detail in the hawk's feathers really came through beautifully. Glad he did not both the other birds, but wonder if he did capture his intended squirrel prey.

Chatty Crone said...

Very interesting and I like seeing the way you photo edited it. We had one in our back yard too - boy they are sure interesting like you said to watch. Sandie

Mevely317 said...

I think his gaze would've given me the creeps. That claw! It's been a long time since I saw Hitchcock's "The Birds", but still ....

Yours are great edits!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We have a lot of hawks flying around outside our house. They go after things down the hillside from us. I don't like it! Last night there was an owl making so much noise I couldn't fall asleep.

Felicia said...

beautiful edits. I have to go look at looneypic.

Linda said...

Just GIVE him the squirrels, Louis Dean would say!!!
I wish I could have got a better pic of the hawk I saw in Waco last month! You could have done wonders with him!