Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Red Shouldered Hawk; Plush Crested Jay; Cedar Waxwing

My Watery Wednesday shot is below this one.

I had a pretty good bird day even though I wasn't looking for them. Please correct me if I got the names wrong on the hawk and waxwings. Click on any image for a larger view.

CEDAR WAXWING

I was up at the lake watching someone feed the ducks, trying to capture one of the gulls in flight and heard all of these birds chirping. I looked up in the tree and it was absolutely full of birds, like fruit on the tree. I wish one of my shots of all of the birds had come out. This is what the tree was full of:




PLUSH CRESTED JAY

I took this at the arboretum at the zoo. The little blue beauty isn't always visible when I go. It's difficult for me to get a good shot of this one because of it's dark blue colors. These aren't perfect but they're not bad either.




RED SHOULDERED HAWK

This is another one I lucked up on at the zoo. I was looking at the seals when this large bird flew over head. My eyes followed it and I watched in land in a nearby tree. It let me get close enough to take a few shots. It watched me and then when it got bored of me, took off. I absolutely love the eyes on this bird.

17 comments:

Darla said...

Great photos,love the colors on that Jay!!

kjpweb said...

Uh - I'm so jealous! Waxwings are so hard to get by in these parts!
Nemesis Bird for me! :)
Great Red Shouldered Hawk! Just wonderful.
Cheers, Klaus

Gaelyn said...

Great bird captures. What an extrodinary jay. Love the hawk. Guess I need a better camera to get birds.

Nick S said...

I love that zoo of yours :-) lovely pics !

June said...

Great gets! You have quite the zoo out there...

George said...

Wonderful pictures. The blue on the jay is incredible.

VALKYRIEN said...

Birds are difficult to take pictures of - in my opionon - but these are great! The Hawk has very intens eyes! All the shots are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Evita said...

Fantastic shots of the birds! And what variety too.

I actually saw two beautiful robins in a tree by our house today - odd I thought as it is the middle of winter and I have never seen them so early before. Wanted to get the camera and capture them in the beautiful snow covered branches, but I would have been late to work :(

Lantaw said...

Great bird photos! I especially like the first one. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

These are great! Those hawk shots are so clear and detailed! I love the waxwings...they are such beautiful birds.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Fantastic shots TB. I love the raptors.

Denise said...

Great captures. We have Cedar Waxwings around here but I haven't been lucky enough to spot any yet. Your other photos are wonderful too.

Jayne said...

Oh, that jay is just exquisite!!

me ann my camera said...

I think you have captured these birds beautifully! And the jay is a species I had not known of. The colur of the Red-shoulder Hawk is gorgeous!! That is hawk species that I have only actually seen twice. This is a lovely post!

Judy said...

I love that first photo of the waxwing! The way it is reaching for the berry! I have never heard of that jay, either, but he is a beautiful bird. And the detail on the hawk is incredible!
Thanks for sharing!

Stacey Huston said...

Very cool. that jay reminds me of our magpie..good Job Girl.. thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Oh, my gosh! I love all your bird photos. Excellent!

Paz (who only sees pigeons and sparrows) ;-)