Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hawks and Geese, September 2, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Waters

Wild Bird Wednesday and ABC Wednesday
H is for Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, Lee County, Mississippi, USA, August 27, 2015

The Red-Tailed Hawk belongs to the Accipitridae family of Hawks and Eagles. There are 240 species worldwide; 24 species breed in North America. They all have hooked bills and sharp talons for catching their prey.  Small rodents are the primary source of food for Red-Tailed Hawks.

Their favorite perches here in Mississippi seem to be electric power poles and dead trees. Their very sharp eyesight allows them to scan the ground for the slightest movement in the grass below. They also hunt 'on the wing' soaring over open country watching for their prey on the ground.

Coloration may vary from darker to lighter, but they can be identified by their rusty-red tail feathers (much more noticeable in flight).

Wednesday Waters
Lake at Ballard Park, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, August 26, 2015

The Canada Geese were enjoying the cooler weather at Ballard Park last Wednesday.

Sometimes it is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.  Several small flocks came in to land on the lake, so I was able to photograph them with their 'landing gear' down.

Here come some more!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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  1. Hello Lea, awesome captures of the Red-tailed hawk. And pretty shots of the water and geese. Great post, enjoy your day!

  2. The hawk is such a grand looking bird. And wonderful views of the lake and birds in flight.

  3. Love the hawk. My brother is a woodworking artist and made a "coopers hawk" plaque for us.

  4. Dear Lea,
    funny and nice pictures of the birds in teh water, i like it all !
    This is my contribution
    Greetings from Germany

  5. I only have seen hawks in a zoo ! Beautiful pictures !

    ABC Wednesday Team

  6. Wonderful birds! I l love them! Great photographs too!

    Have a nice day
    Melody abc-w-team)

  7. Great photos especially of the Hawks - they are majestic birds.

  8. A beautiful hawk and I enjoyed the geese photos, especially the last one with them taking off.

  9. Thanks for the information about the hawk! I learnt something new today!
    Have a great weekend!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  10. Nice shots of the hawk! I have a pair of red shouldered hawks living in my yard. They also like to perch on the utility pole at the end of my driveway.

  11. You got some gorgeous pics of the hawk -- especially love the first and third!


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