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.

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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. 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.

  3. 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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