Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hawks and Herons, March 4, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, and Water World Wednesday

Wild Bird Wednesday
ABC Wednesday - H is for Hawks
Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, a windy day, February 5, 2015

The Red-Tailed Hawk is the most common and widespread American hawk, with a range that covers all of the United States and most of Canada.  We often see them perched on the power lines in the Winter.

When the Hawk saw me, he flew farther away from me to this bush at the edge of a field.
When it flew I could see the reddish-brown tail feathers that give it its name.

Small rodents are the Red-Tailed Hawk's main source of food. They watch the ground intently, ready to pounce on the smallest movement in the grass.


Its reddish-brown tail feathers are more noticeable in flight, but you can see the edges here.

Outdoor Wednesday and Water World Wednesday
March 2, 2015, Shiloh, Tennessee, USA

Monday was a cloudy day with intermittent rain - not a promising day for photography, but I always take my camera with me.  This Winter it seems that everywhere I look I find another Great Blue Heron.

Caught a fish!

I was surprised that this small pond had such a large fish in it.

Swallowed it whole!

You can see the bulge in its throat as the fish goes down.  Amazing!

Have a beautiful day!

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  1. Great photos - I especially like the Heron and the reflection in the water.

  2. The halk pictures are beautiful, the others too of course !

  3. I love the hawk shots! But the heron with the fish is my favorite. Lea, awesome capture..

  4. Cracking looking Hawks. That fish though is huge. Surprised the Heron got it down at all. Great pictures.

  5. Enjoying your bird shots. The heron has amazing digestion :)

  6. Great pictures, particularly the Heron with the fish going down his gullet. Lord knows how long it took him to digest that. The little Hawk was rather cute too!

    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  7. Hawks are very rare here, so I regard you as a very lucky person that you have them in your surroundings. Beautiful photos Lea! As usual.
    Thanks for your visit and kind comment.
    Wil, ABCW

  8. Such a contrast in birds, Lea. The hawk looks so intense and ferocious, while the heron is so graceful with its long legs and neck.

  9. You take the best heron pictures!

  10. Enjoyed seeing the herons and the hawk. See you next week.
    JM, IL

  11. Love both the Hawk and Heron images. At least the Herin is full.

  12. Beautiful hawk and heron. That was a big fish!

  13. That is a really big fish. It is remarkable how their jaws expand.Nice reflections1

  14. Beautiful hawk photos. I saw one sitting atop a speed limit sign on an exit ramp last weekend -- not exactly a spot one can stop to take photographs. ,-)


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