Sunday Bluebird and a Hawk

A fairly short post again today.  Recently on one of our forays into the parks near Lake Nasworthy, we came across this Eastern Bluebird, (Sialia sialis), sitting on a small tree branch.  He was part of a group of bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, and American Robins.  It was obviously a popular spot for birds, with the water nearby.

Eastern Bluebird

EXIF data:  Canon 7D with Canon 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter, 1/1000 sec. @ f8, +0.7 EV, ISO 160.  Center weighted metering with apertur priority.  Hand-held.

Later, on the outskirts of the park, in an area where there is a disc golf course set up in the trees, we spotted this Red-tailed Hawk  (Buteo jamaicensis), on a tree branch.  We observed it for awhile and I got several photos of it.  After a bit, he decided to fly off, and I was able to capture an in-flight photo.

Red-tailed Hawk in tree

EXIF data:  Canon 7D with Canon 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter.  1/1000 sec. @ f8, ISO 125.  Center weighted metering with aperture priority.  Hand-held.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight

EXIF data:  Canon 7D with Canon 100-400mm zoom lens.  1/2000 sec. @ f8, ISO 200.  Center weightd metering and aperture priority.  Hand-held.

I hope you enjoyed the images.  Click on either of them to see an enlargement.

30 thoughts on “Sunday Bluebird and a Hawk

    • Thanks a bunch, Derrick. I appreciate you visiting my blog. I have checked you out, and I love your shots from the Big Bend. You are right about Hwy 170 being such a spectacular drive. Been there, done that many, many times. I feel that area is like a second home.

  1. The blue bird is sitting so cutely! And the in flight photo of the hawk is so great! Great work Bob. Truly fascinating. 🙂

  2. You have our bluebirds! They are so pretty, one of my faves. Beautiful shots, I love the one of the hawk in flight!

  3. Beautiful images as always, Bob. Sorry today didn’t work out, but I’m going to be up sometime in February to spend the day with our tax guy. I’m hoping/planning to get an afternoon appointment with him and maybe spend some of the morning making some images.

  4. The Red-tail Hawk is amazing. We have one that lives in our neighborhood..Never tire of seeing him. What is so outstanding is the clarity of the hawk in flight. I also love the blue bird..especially with hie little ruffled feathers..Truly amazing…have a great day…

    • Thanks, Karen. It is so much fun to observe the hawks or raptors. They always get my attention for some reason or another. Maybe because they are so majestically beautiful. 🙂

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