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.
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.
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.
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.
Your bird shots are always fabulous Bob. The red-tailed hawk in flight is incredible! And I love that chubby little bluebird!
Thank you very much, Bonnie. I really appreciate the compliments. 🙂
What a gorgeous in-flight photo Bob! I love how active and busy you are. (: xo
Thank you so much, Melissa. Of course, I am active and busy. Heck, I am only 77 years old. It’s not like I am old or anything. 🙂
Yup…I need longer glass…great shots Bob!!!
Longer glass certainly is an asset. Thanks so much for your compliments, David. 🙂
The shot of the hawk in flight is outstanding!!
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.
The blue bird is sitting so cutely! And the in flight photo of the hawk is so great! Great work Bob. Truly fascinating. 🙂
Thanks so much, Nandini.
Wow! Great shot of the hawk flying Bob!
Thanks so much, Karen. I really appreciate you. 🙂
The hawk in flight looks so majestic! ~ Lynda
Thank you very much, Lynda. I certainly appreciate it. 🙂
You have our bluebirds! They are so pretty, one of my faves. Beautiful shots, I love the one of the hawk in flight!
Thanks you so much, I really appreciate your comments. 🙂
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.
Thanks, Jim. I will look forward to February. I am getting back in shape again. 🙂
Lovely images Bob! I especially like the Red-tailed in flight.
Thanks, Mia. They are so majestic in flight. Raptors are among my favorites to photograph in flight.
That’s a beautiful pic of the bluebird, and what a gorgeous blue sky. Great shot of the hawk in flight, too!
Thank you very much, Jo. I appreciate all of your kind comments. 🙂
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 again so much, Syl. I really appreciate all of your kind compliments and comments. They mean a lot to me. 🙂
Great catch on the hawk, Bob. And the bluebird is something to rest the eyes on and calm the mind and spirit for a while. Just beautiful.
Thanks so much, Paul. I really appreciate your kind comment. 🙂
Great photos of these birds, Bob! We watched a hawk eat his catch while sitting on the backyard fence yesterday. I couldn’t get a good photo, but I think he was a Cooper’s Hawk.
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. 🙂
We always enjoy your images. Love the in flight Hawk. My boys love the Hawks.
Thank you, Martina. Hawks are my favorite in-flight targets. 🙂 Say hi to your boys for me. 🙂