Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday Potpourri

This week I thought I'd do something different. I've been getting a lot of neat animal shots and I thought I'd show a few. I'm sure I will use some later in other posts but this is a start of what I've been lucky enough to see.

Here are a mixture of Mallard Ducks and Canadian Geese sharing a flooded field. We had a lot of rain and the snow and ice is gone. (Michele - Do you see the Canadian?)
The two seemed to get along and were swimming together.
A large Red Tailed hawk flew across the road and landed in a tree close enough to capture a few shots before it got nervous. Can you see his 'crimson' tail (especially for Stacey).
There was a Coopers hawk in a tree that overhung the road. I turned around and got several shots.
I turned again and it kept posing. It was a nice bird.
I thought these were the best from a neat hawk encounter. A gust of wind ruffled it's feathers.
The deer came back to the back yard and posed. This was a mother and two fawns that are pretty well grown.
This was another day from the car. I saw a deer cross the road in front of me so I got my camera and drove closer. The one fawn was scared and gave me the white flag as it bolted. That is what it is called when a deer raises it's tail like that.
It did not go far and they settled in. I thought this was a neat family pose.
After lunch as I returned to work there were four deer crossing the driving range. I did get some shots at a long distance. I was able to get three in this shot.
I do hope you enjoyed my chance encounters with nature.

29 comments:

Shionge said...

Yes, what an encounter indeed and you have pretty nice 'catch' there :)

Thanks for sharing!

david mcmahon said...

Well done, Sir Hawkeye!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A great series of wonderful pictures.The deer were in a photographic mood,I'd say.
Blessings,Ruth

Tina said...

Wow you really got some great photos..those of the hawk are extra special, love your close ups...kind of exciting to capture a hawk in your lens..especially one who will sit for you!! Playful deer..always one of my favs.
Great post!!

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Loving your pics and looking forward to more.

TSannie said...

I'd give my right big toe to get a Cooper's hawk shot as good as your! It's (they are) wonderful!

George said...

You certainly got nice captures of several species. What a great potpourri!

Twisted Fencepost said...

I am so jealous!
I can never get a good photo of the deer, cause they're always on the move. Never stopping.
Great shots again, FG!

Luke Wiley said...

Nice deer shots! Some deer have been visiting me in my front lawn.

Tommy V said...

looks like it was a good week for wildlife in your area. love the hawk pictures.

Leedra said...

Great series of photos.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You always get such good pictures, Tom.. I especially love seeing the deer.
Thanks,
Betsy

gina said...

these are wonderful! i keep hoping to get a good photo of a hawk some day...when i see them, they are never willing to pose! lol

Pietro said...

Fishing Guy: it's an amazing series of animals images. I like a lot the photos of the hawk on the tree.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How beautiful!! It is so nice when these birds co-operate. Many of our buck species also have a white underside to their tails which they raise when fleeing. This sight helps them stay together especially if it is dark.

Darla said...

You hit the jackpot there! Speaking of, were you in the group from Ohio that won all that lottery money? (haha) Great photos of the Hawks!

tipper said...

Loved all your encounters! Especially the ruffled feathers.

NCmountainwoman said...

I certainly did enjoy your encounters with nature. Great photographs of a variety of fauna. My favorite is the hawk.

Mary said...

Wow...you really have been seeing some great stuff! I love the ducks and geese in the flooded field! The hawks shots are great. I saw one yesterday but the light was so poor, I never figured out what kind. And you have deer in the back yard...wow! I really crave some sunshine and time to get out and about for some photos.

Lee said...

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures and bringing the beauty of nature into my day! These are indeed wonderful pictures! What a wonderful place you must live in to see so many so often.

Cheers!
Lee

Ferreira-Pinto said...

Now this is what I call having eye for the catch!
Fantastic series.

Getting much better and trying to gain the rythm again to be more around in blog world.

Warren Baker said...

I enjoyed those Hawk shots FG. Well done for showing them.

Stacey Huston said...

LOL Fishing guy... YES I saw it's Crimson Tail.. Great images today.. I love seeing the wildlife in all parts of the world.. thanks for sharing

2sweetnsaxy said...

Looks like you had a good camera day. Great shots. :-)

Natural Moments said...

I loved your encounters within Nature and how you not only found Nature, but how Nature also found you.

Thankful Paul said...

Hello

Susie of Arabia said...

Such beautiful birds and deer! I love the hawk shots in the tree. Really amazing - and how nice of him to pose for you!!!

Judy said...

What incredible luck you have had, getting all these birds and the deer! I love the hawk with the ruffled feathers!
Thanks for sharing!

Jama said...

Lucky you to have such beautiful creatures as your neighbour, not like us staying in town. There's hardly any wildlife I can find here, unless I go to the zoo.