Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Nature's Way with Birds of Prey


After being wakened at 7:12 AM by a loud bang followed by a disturbing chorus of Blue Jays.  I made my way to the back patio in my 'sleepwear'.  When I stepped outdoors I saw a Coopers Hawk take flight and the mangled remains of what I learned later was a beautiful Blue Jay.  I headed back to bed where my better half inquired with the glorious word 'and?'.  I provided a quick summation of what I believe occurred and drifted back to lala land.

Nature can appear to be cruel, but in reality it isn't.  It is simply the act of survival for the predator.  My step-daughter succinctly said "mother nature can be a bi%#ch".  I think she captured the essence of what I'm trying to say.

None of these are great shots, but I'm happy just the same to have captured them.

Bald Eagle
Great Horned Owl


Black Vulture


40 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the hawks come in and take songbirds here, too. wish they'd 'man up' and take a squirrel or two! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Hmmmm. It's hard to see a hawk take a beautiful little bird...but it IS nature's way.

Stephen Hayes said...

Once saw a Coopers hawk in my backyard when I lived in downtown Portland. It was eating a seagull. I remember thinking it was a beautiful bird, the hawk not the seagull.

Sharon M said...

I think they're great pictures.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! ~ Your photography is excellent ~ just joined your blog ~ Didn't know there was photo limit ~ hmm~ I just started a new blog this past year and deleted the former one ~ so maybe that helps ~ My photos are stored on my Mac ~ wonder if that makes a difference ~ namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

Tammy said...

I saw 2 Blue Jays being quite aggressive towards the young hawk in my yard;I guess they were trying some intimidation tactics. Great birds of prey photos!

Black Jack's Carol said...

I am slowly coming to terms with nature's laws. This will sound silly, but I imagine, sometimes, being born, and having no choice but to learn how to kill in order to stay alive. I suspect, when all is considered, that there is a certain fairness to the system, but my heart still aches for the victims. Love your photographs and enjoyed reading your thoughts.

Brian King said...

Sometimes we can be too "tree-huggish" when it comes to nature taking care of her business. It may not be pleasant, but that's the cycle of things. You may not think the shots are good, but I like them! I've yet to photograph an owl or an adult Bald Eagle.

shutterbuggbitten said...

I would say they are great captures! I have to agree with your daughter, but that is the way of nature.

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

A great series of birds of prey.

Pat said...

I love that shot of the Vulture!

Gowri Saligram said...

Stunning birds, all of them and you have captured them really well. Thank you for sharing these. I would love to see these birds in the wild.

Linda said...

The photos were wonderful, Daniel! I agree, we have to let wild things do what wild things do! Man, in his infinite wisdom, still does not know everything! But, it is tough when you see a beautiful bird sacrificed to the food chain!

NatureStop said...

Amazing captures!!!Have a great day!

Shantana

Lara Neusiedler @ Uproad said...

simply superb! what gorgeous wings!

Nikki said...

I think your images are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Bob Bushell said...

The Bald Eagle is my fave, it is superb.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of all the birds. The birds of prey are awesome.

joy said...

I think they are great shots. You are lucky that you have a close pictures of them.

Nancy Claeys said...

We have lots of prey birds around, but not close enough to the house to see what you saw. I think your photos are amazing. :)

Buttons said...

Oh Daniel these are amazing photos certainly worth jumping out of bed in the mornings. I love nature it is awesome. B

Danielle said...

When our Dachshund was just a puppy we had to 'escort' him outside for potty time due to the neighborhood Red Shouldered Hawk...we feared he would be carried away for supper. Love the photos....my daughter loves to take pictures of vultures...she finds them beautiful...that and crows...not sure about the crows.

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures of the birds of prey - I think I was trying to say the same thing in my post about signs - nature really can be beautiful, but there is a dark side to it that makes it even better.

Stewart M - Australia

Val said...

These shots are wonderful Daniel and I really like the black vulture.
As for the survival/prey thing...I'm really okay with nature taking care of itself,(although it's not pretty sometimes) I get a little ticked off when we humans get in the mix and screw things up... getting off my soap box now. :)

i stora drag said...

Hi Daniel!
I think your photos are really good! Amazing how many birds like this you have found! I can only dream about finding all these! :)
Greetings from Pia in Sweden
PS. Thank you for having the translation tool on your blog!

JudithBMe said...

Absolutely great shots! We'd love to get an owl photo like that.

Les fous du cap said...

Great pictures ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Bryan said...

I like the owl. It's wonderful to catch it in flight and looking at you. I felt bad a few weeks ago when I startled a Mourning Dove, perhaps one that had been nesting in the yard, as I came out the front door. It flew off and then returned a second later with a Cooper's Hawk in pursuit. The hawk drove it into a house and then a parked car before capturing it. I know I couldn't have done anything different but it still bothered me most of the day.

Larry said...

Gorgeous shots of the vulture and the raptors Daniel! I have yet to get a flight shot of a Great Horned Owl. They're too quite and awfully quick. The Bald Eagle is splendid and the spread Black Vulture, very cool!

Carole M. said...

yes from time to time I'd hear that here too, not a nice feeling. Beautiful images and especially the black vulture is quite unique (for me!)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love those Raptors, these are wonderful!

Crafty Gardener said...

Awesome photos. We are both bird watchers too.

Lorents H Blomseth said...

Hi from Norway !
Great shots of the bald eagle and the horned owl, birds of pray are my favourites !
Have a nice day !

Hilary said...

Everything has to eat.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Incredibly awesome!!! Your photos are picture post card perfect if you ask me.

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Oh, and enjoyed your commentary that you wrote for your blog post. "better half inquired with the glorious word 'and?'..."

Zosia said...

The birds are magnificent. It must have been difficult to capture the owl in flight.

Island Rambles Blog said...

these are wonderful shots and a beautiful blog you set up...put the pictures in small and then you will never reach your limit at Picasa, but with the new blog you should be ok now.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

I see you have continued your blogging here. Well what goes around comes around. Blue Jays or stellar Jays rob nests of baby birds. That is a horrible site to see. So I don't feel sorry for the blue jay at all.

Debbie said...

i think these are all wonderful!!

the circle of life, it can be cruel!!