Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Aw, Geez, Can't a Bird Get a Little Privacy??

Ahh, Calgon, take me away! It's been a rough day.

Alright, who took the bath mat? My claws are dripping!

Oops, almost forgot to wash my neck!

Hey, what was that I heard? Somebody sneaking up on me?

Well, here. If I'd known you wanted to take a picture, I would've done this in the first place. I call it my dignified pose.
Beautiful, isn't he/she? I've seen plenty of hawks sitting atop trees and posts, but this was the first time I've ever seen one taking a bath!


Ramblings of a lunatic mom and lampworker said...

Ang, those pictures are Gorgeous!! Wow!!! That must have been fabulous to watch.

rosebud101 said...

Ang, those are great photos! I don't know how you do it. You must really be in touch with nature!

angelinabeadalina said...

Thanks, Mich. It was fun to watch. Hey, Mallory, the new camera is going to be fun because I can zoom its pics with the software and not get blurry blobs. This was really weird, at least, I thought it was. There are hawks all over around here, but this one was hanging out in the middle of Fairview Park. That particular park is bounded by two roadways, a Wendy's, the fire department, and some houses...it isn't very secluded at all. I tried to look him up, and I think he (or she?) is a juvenile Red Tail Hawk.

Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson said...

How cool getting those photos of the hawk. I loved them.

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Fabulous... lucky you to witness the bath.. and as an added bonus get a picture or two or three of the whole thing... Thrilling wasn't it... it had to be these birds are so powerful, yet beautiful.

Kyfarmlife said...

Yes you are right, a jeuvinile red tail.....(raptors are my fav of all, just did a post about them myself) That was AWESOME to get to see and I'm sooo jealous! And you got such good pictures, you really need to enter those into a photo contest or magazine or something, totally awesome Angie! Heck i'd BUY those prints from you if you sold them.....hint hint...:-D
Rachel and Norm

Robin said...

OMG!!! I'm in awe of these pictures and of the unusual gift you received being able to watch and photograph a hawk bath. I like these pictures so much I'm going to send links to your post to some of my friends. I wish my Mom could see this! She studied ornithology in college and has always loved and watched all birds. Thanks for posting them!

angelinabeadalina said...

Thanks,Marcy, Elaine, Rachel, and Robin :)

Yes, Elaine, powerful is such a good descriptive word for these birds.

Rachel, I have to do a little learning about the best ways to print out for photos--these stayed clear on the monitor after zooming with the editing software, but I don't know yet how large I can have them printed and still keep that clearness. Luckily, I read part of the camera instructions and set it to the highest resolution, so that helps.

Robin, you must have soaked up so much bird knowledge and appreciation growing up around a bird lover! You're right about this interlude being a gift-- I was in awe that this bird didn't fly away first thing because I know he had to see me before I even got out of the van and raised the camera to my eye.