Category Archives: Hawk

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.)

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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.
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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.

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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.
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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2017 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Red Tailed Hawk, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected Hawk Encounter for Great Blue Heron

The raptor swooped low across the secluded cove where the yearling great blue heron was fishing far out in the middle, exposed and vulnerable to danger.

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The hawk strafing the great blue heron flew faster than the
heron’s reflexes could handle, not to mention my shutter speed.

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Great blue heron reacts with erect cap feathers when buzzed by a hawk.

The atmosphere in the cove had been supercharged with energy when the hawk first made its presence known. The great blue heron’s cap feathers erected suddenly, and his neck feathers puffed out simultaneously, making his neck grow to three times it’s usual size as you can see in this next photo. (If you missed the earlier post, please click here to catch up.)

The ducks clamored furiously, and the jays squawked, but almost as quickly as it arrived, the hawk disappeared deep into the thicket at the East. As far as I could tell, no ducks or jays were harmed there below the dense canopy of trees.

The danger past, I returned to taking photos of the heron, who had resumed fishing mid-cove, his cap and neck feathers back to their normal sleek configuration.

What happened next was unexpected.

Through the camera, I noticed the heron’s neck blow up in alarm again to three times it’s normal size.

The hawk had returned, and was barreling down the cove – straight for the heron.

This time, unlike the first, I kept my eye glued to the camera and fired off shots as fast as possible.

The hawk appears in only one frame of all the photos I squeezed off, it’s the photo at the top of this post. The hawk was so spectacularly fast that the heron was still looking in the direction from where the hawk came long after the hawk had flown by.

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Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected.

Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available 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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(This photo was taken August 21, 2010.)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier Hawk

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