A Hawk, a Woodpecker and an Owl


Friday we decided to make the rounds of some our favorite local spots again.   We saw around 30 species so the birding is getting back to normal, despite not having many duck species yet.  I did get some nice photos that I will post here for your enjoyment.

The Red-tailed Hawk was very co-0perative, probably had just eaten so he posed readily for me about 30 feet off the ground.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

This Ladder-backed Woodpecker, actually was hanging beneathe limb, but I decided to rotate it for better viewing.  It still looks very natural.

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

This photo below is a young Great Horned Owl.  I was surprised that he was so wide awake and alert.  He was definitely staring me down.  Love those eyes.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

On another note, we heard that there was a Sora, a water bird, in a pond at San Angelo State Park.  We had been told that if we couldn’t see it in the reeds, we should clap our hands and it would answer.  So we decided to give it a shot and drove out there.  We didn’t see the bird, but decided to try the clapping thing.  Sure enough on about the third attempt, this loud clapping came from the reeds.  It was very unmistakable.  Here is a photo of a Sora that I took a couple of years ago at Big Bend National Park.

Sora

Sora

Click on any photo to see an enlargement.

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10 thoughts on “A Hawk, a Woodpecker and an Owl

  1. Lovely pics, and the owl is beautiful! I wonder why Soras respond to clapping? Do they make a similar kind of noise? Do they just enjoy the applause? 🙂 I am wondering!

  2. Yes indeed the Hawk was posing for you and Woodpeckers are amazing..and ah, what wisdom lies behind the eyes of the Wise Old Owl..A Sora I have never heard of, but very interesting bird. Kudos friend.

  3. That picture of the woodpecker reminds me of a 3 foot tall (or it seemed that tall) woodpecker in the backyard of my home one day. His head was kind of leaning to the side. He was kind of rough looking, too. Like he was very old.

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