Great Blue Heron’s Guest Bird of the Day – Beauteous Buteo (Not Art Nbr 13)

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Two Red Tailed Hawks – babsjeheron

What, you were maybe expecting Great Blue Herons today?

Just as I swung my camera into position, another flash of feathers. Two. TWO Red Tailed Hawks splashing into the lake.

Rounding the corner coming out of the channel, a flash of movement to the left caught my eye. Raising binoculars, I discovered it wasn’t the Canada Goose I had expected to see. It was a Red Tailed Hawk about to launch in to the lake for a cooling bath. Thrilling. Only once before – nine or ten years ago – had I seen a Hawk bathing, and here, at nearly the same spot along the shore, was another.

Just as I swung my camera into position, another flash of feathers. Two. There were TWO Red Tailed Hawks splashing into the lake together, bathing together while cacophonous Blue Jays and Grackles pestered from branches above.

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Two Red Tailed Hawks Bathing – babsjeheron

File this one under once-in-a-lifetime Hawk encounter.

(We now return to the regularly scheduled Great Blue Heron program. Thanks for indulging my love for Hawks, too.)


Thanks to Erica V and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Delta. Compare the mood of the two Red Tailed Hawks in the top photo with that at the bottom. Do you see the change, from excitedly animated when landing in the water to what might be called affectionate, as the hawks bathe together side-by-side, nearly touching beaks. The other, more surprising change, is the shift in this blog from the customary focus on Great Blue Herons to the interloping Red Tailed Hawks just for today.

From now through July 13th, I am a Featured Artist at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Red Tailed Hawk, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows

Posted on July 4, 2017, in Art, Bird photography, DPchallenge, Hawk, Kayaking, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Red tailed hawk, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. WOW! Thatmust have been very exciting

  2. Nice to find a post from you on this July4th. Guest birds – I like that. May you have a safe and happy holiday! Cheers!

    • Thanks so much, Cindy! Your own blog has some amazing, high-quality RTH photos. These two don’t come close to that level of quality, but I do get points for live-action in a moving kayak on undulating waves, so a high degree of difficulty I suppose. 🙂 Best, Babsje

  3. Babsje, I can’t tell who is happier–you or the birds. What a wonderful encounter for a careful observer.

    • Hi Gary – Thanks for your kind comment. I thought you would appreciate these two Hawks. Another photo yet to be posted shows them being harangued by a Blue Jay, dive-bombing mid-air. Best, Babsje

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