Some ‘Thankful it’s Friday’ images.


After a week of catching up with a few chores, getting over a little bout of sniffles, I am back at work.  We went out for a bit this morning to get a few images for a post and was nicely rewarded, even though the birding was limited.  I will post these for your enjoyment, I hope.  One thing to mention, it seemed to be a day that the birds were wanting to get behind twigs or branches, but I think the images are acceptable.  Click on the images to see some beautiful enlargements.

This Red-breasted Merganzer didn’t have the problem I described above.  However, it was another lifer (number 255) for me.  I had never seen one before.

Red-breasted Merganzer

Red-breasted Merganzer

Here is a big Red-tailed Hawk, and, ‘voila’, there is the branch I am talking about.  But that is a problem that comes up often, and you can’t do anything about it, but accept it and make the best image you can.

Red-tailed Hawk in tree

Red-tailed Hawk in tree

A nice image of an Osprey with a large fish.  I think that it is a fresh catch, and I think I saw the fish squirm a bit before the bird dug in for his meal.  If you look close, you can see the fish’s eyes, perhaps looking up imploring for mercy from the bird.

Osprey with fish

Osprey with fish

A Northern Flicker.  Again the tree branch didn’t obstruct enough to take away from the image.

Northern Flicker - red-shafted

Northern Flicker – red-shafted

Ah, an un-obstructed photo.  This hawk was across the Middle Concho river from me, but it looks like he is still quite aware me.

Red-tailed Hawk - juvenile

Red-tailed Hawk – juvenile

So that’s it for today.  I am sorry for the lateness of this post.  Ann has been under the weather, I just had the sniffles plus I had to catch up on some other business obligations.