I have seen some peculiar things when trying to photograph the behavior of wildlife. Last week, when driving along the Concho River, I happened to look across at the opposite shore. I saw something that took me by surprise. A Red-tailed Hawk was just sitting in the shallow water. I didn’t see any prey that he might have been eating. He was there several minutes and I had plenty of time to maneuver my car so I could get this shot out the driver’s side window. He was about 100 yards away so I used my 500mm and 1.4 tele-converter on my Canon 7D. I still had to crop it extensively to make this closeup.
Farther along the river, I spotted this Great Blue Heron. He was standing on some dead wood above the surface of the water. I love this pose.
On the way home we spotted four Curve-billed Thrashers. In this photo you can see the ferocity in the eyes. But for such a fierce looking bird. their call is pretty meek sounding.
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Love the hawk sitting in the water! Great photos as always, Bob!
Thanks, Karen. Nice to hear from you again. 🙂
Love the Red-tailed in the water Bob, maybe it had been bathing!
Thanks a bunch, Mia.
Thanks, Rob, I appreciate it. 🙂
Sometimes birds just take a break. And we get to witness this because we watch out for them. How many people are oblivious to what goes on around them. I feel so blessed for having taken the time.Thank you Bob and happy Easter!
Thank you, Jane. I agree. I see people running or driving through our parks, not realizing that they are only a few feet from some jaw-dropping nature. Happy Easter to you, too.
Wow. Beautiful captures, Bob. The Curve-Billed Thrasher is just lovely. I found it difficult to get a good picture of this bird even though they were somewhat abundant when I was in New Mexico last spring. And who knew Red-Tails had time to bathe?!
Thanks for your great comment, Lisa. I appreciate what you had to say, as always. 🙂
Really enjoyed these photos! That GBH is wonderful and the colors are so nice. Glad to see the hawk chillin’ out a bit. Thanks for posting. Hope you and Ann are doing well. hugs
Thanks, Beth, for your nice words. 🙂
They’re all great, but the hawk takes the cake. I’ve never seen that before, eagles, yes, but never a hawk.
Thank you for commenting, Jerry. You know that I always appreciate it.
The Concho River seems to serve up these nice birds and you always do such a great job of photographing them. Keep up the good work, Bob.
It seems that it gets better and better, Dwynn. I appreciate your thoughts.
gorgeous photos, I love the hawk. He just wanted to cool off his toes!
Thanks for the comment, Wazeau, I really appreciate it. You are probably right about the hawk. 🙂
Great photos …all of them are just wonderful. Would be hard to choose which one is the best.
Thanks, Syl. I guess you can just go ahead and like all of them. 🙂