Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hawkwatch

I really need to send out a quick post.I spent about 4 hours at the Pembina Valley,south-west of Morden,taking part in the annual spring Hawkwatch.
Today was an amazing day.I have never seen so many Raptors in the sky at once.

Here is a Turkey Vulture,soaring overhead.

This picture was taken with my long lens,at 200mm.
I know that I could not get all the birds on one picture.
We had many times with kettles of hawks like this in the sky.
The sight was amazing,and thrilling.

Another shot of the Turkey Vulture.The sky was overcast,so lighting was not the best.

This was a lucky shot.
A Red-tailed Hawk and an immature Bald Eagle together.

Over the years I have spent many hours at this site,but never have I witnessed a spectacle like today.
The seasoned counter who also has done this for many years was beyond delighted.The total count for today was 2925 birds.

As I watch the birds soar through the sky,sometimes in lazy circles and at other times moving ahead with only a few wing beats now and then,the following quote comes to mind.

Nature does not hurry,yet everything is accomplished.

43 comments:

  1. Great photos, Ruth. I have such a difficult time taking flight shots.

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  2. that must have been a real thrill. :)

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  3. That is awesome, Ruth... We saw Turkey Vultures while in Arkansas doing their circles (lots of them). I got a few pictures which I will blog about sometime this week. They are pretty in the sky---but seeing those faces make one wonder... ha ha

    Great shots. I know you were happy today seeing that many birds...Wow!!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. What a fun and rewarding way to spend your day. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  5. Wonderful day for you, and terrific photos.

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  6. It sounds like it was a thrilling day. 2925 birds - WOW! I imagine sometimes you just wanted to sit and watch and be amazed at them even instead of photographing. Glad it was such a great day. Diane

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  7. I like that they're called kettles of hawks! What a fantastic day you must have had watching this raptor convention! Those are great photos Ruth! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Oh, and I LOVED that quote!!

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  9. You got great pictures!!!! I have never been able to get a good picture of a bird in flight. We have an annual hawkwatch here up on the mountain. My favorite is the first picture.

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  10. Ruth, that's really special.
    Glad you had such a memorable day!

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  11. That's a lot of raptors in one day. Sure glad u r getting out and about doing interesting and fun things.

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  12. wow on the eagle and hawk in the same shot. this is incredible, i know you were beside yourself. i often watch the vultures as they fly over our yard and the markings underneath their wings are beautiufl and make up for the ugly looks when walking on the ground. about 4 years ago, Diane and I were hiking on a trail at Rye preserve, it wound through chest high grass for as far as we could see and suddenly the sky filled with hundreds of birds, all kinds they came up out of the grass, and we stopped and stood for 10 minutes watching as at least 10 different species of birds filled the skies

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  13. Thank you for taking s along on this great adventure. I love the great way you captured all those old birds.

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  14. great shots....i think you commented on my vulture shots as well. they are enormous birds, beautiful and graceful in flight. i would have wet myself if i ever got an eagle and a hawk in the same shot. i have trouble with flight shots but am getting better.

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  15. Wow.. what a wonderful sight. I'm thrilled when I can spot just one!

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  16. Now that's a lot of birds! Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day.

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  17. Nice quote...and lovely that you were there to record and witness all the birds!

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  18. This sounds like it was a fantastic experience for you, Ruth, with the great number of raptors flying overhead! It must have been an awesome sight!

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  19. That must have been wonderful to see. I have heard of this migration but never seen it. Thank you for sharing. Love the hawk and eagle together.

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  20. Wonderful in-flight shots. It most have been neat to see so many.

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  21. Turkey vultures are so beautiful in the air...yet quite homely on the ground. :)) Your photos show how graceful they are.

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  22. It must have been exciting to take part in Hawkwatch on a day when so many raptors were present. You got some great pictures. Thanks for sharing the adventure with us.

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  23. Ruth, I enjoyed your photos...Through all of your post, I get to see things that we do not see in our part of the country...
    Love it! glad you enjoyed this awesome day...
    Hugs to you..
    Shug

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  24. A glorious day for sure Ruth..What excitement seeing all those birds!
    Great in flight shots!

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  25. What a fantastic day you had! That's got to be exciting to see so many raptors at one time. Watching nature in action like this is very humbling.

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  26. And to go along with that quote - In His Time - God makes all things beautiful. Perhaps a day like yours - serves as inspiration to live in the moment and not look ahead - too far - (advice I need for myself)
    Have a wonderful week -
    I have been away from visiting blogs for a while - I look forward to trying to catch up on my favorites - like yours!

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  27. The hawk and eagle in the same shot is a rare one indeed.

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  28. What a wonderful way to spend your day!
    I love those pictures, and the grey backround fits perfectly.

    Happy Monday!
    Betty

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  29. What a marvelous day you must have had Ruth. I would love to see all of those raptors together. Thanks for the pictures.
    B.

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  30. What a treat!! And, what a wonderful quote. Mickie :)

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  31. This kind of day is amazing and one never forgets them.

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  32. That must have been wonderful to see all those birds in flight. Wonderful photos and beautiful quote!

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  33. Wow, great shots! I would love to see an eagle soaring over my head.

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  34. As soon as I saw the Turkey Vulture I thought of Lynne, then I see she was the first to comment. Turkey Vultures are SO hard to capture.

    Such a nice experience to have in your memories.

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  35. What an amazing site! I would love to have been there. I've got spring fever and it won't quit raining long enough for me to get outside with my camera. Hopefully, I'll get a reprieve from the rain this weekend.

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  36. That is a lot of birds! What a wonderful experience.

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  37. what a sight ... and what a special trip with your granddaughter

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  38. Wow, Ruth, those are some amazing shots you got!

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  39. great pictures Ruth..it must be exciting watching the birds come back...something I would love to do..glad you could enjoy it.

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  40. Super shots Ruth! And WOW - that's a LOT of birds!!

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  41. Wow...getting the hawk and the eagle together! Great shot!

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  42. Awesome...Ruth!!! I would have been happy with a hawk or an eagle. You got both!! These are all spectacular. Looks like an amazing day.

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