Saturday, April 6, 2013

Raptors

I attended a Raptor Awareness Festival today,but the only birds I saw there were ones which are in captivity for a variety of reasons.It is a good opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close.


This beautiful Peregrine Falcon posed so perfectly while I took her picture. Just look at the details in her feathers and then to think that this bird is one of the fastest fliers in the avian world. This bird or at least one like it can each speeds of up to 322kph/200mph in a dive. This makes it the fastest member of the animal kingdom,this according to wikipedia.


Since the wild birds were not flying at the festival,I took the long way round to go home and went through the Pembina Valley to check on the Hawkwatch there. Even before I got to the watch site,I saw Bald Eagles feeding on a carcass on the field.These are two juveniles.


When I got to the watch site,I was told that birding was very slow,but I guess they were waiting for me to arrive. Shortly after getting there a number of Red-tailed Hawks came over.


This picture and the one above are the same bird,but I think they are so beautiful,even under an overcast sky and a few snowflakes coming down.


On my way out of the valley,I spied at least four Eastern Bluebirds.They were not very cooperative but I managed this shot of two sitting on a fence. If the sun had been out their colour would stand out so much better.

Watching these birds gives me so much pleasure. I feel a calmness when I am out there observing God's creation in the wild.

36 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

awesome to see the up-close ones as well as those in the wild. i loved the 2 bright bluebirds. spring is arriving, for sure.

Montanagirl said...

That Peregrine is so beautiful. Love the Bluebirds shot!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

The falcon is perfection...not just the details in the feather patterns...but those eyes!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful, Ruth---all of them. I love your photos. They are so clear and so PERFECT.... That falcon really was posing... NEAT... AND---I loved the hawks in flight.... Wow!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Ginny Hartzler said...

This Falcon is one sleek model, and I bet can reach tremendous speeds!
And my next favorite are the charming bluebirds. To this day they still elude me for picture taking.

Diane said...

Magnificent pictures, Ruth. I love the last one of the little bluebirds. Diane

Arija said...

What a great photo shoot! I once held a peregrine falcon in my hands, took it outside and let it go. It flew into a big tree, turned around and looked at me as though to say thank you, then turned and flew away.
We had left the verandah door open to our sunroom. It must have followed the little robin in. They both spent the night there and only in the morning I realised who that chirp, chirrp belonged to. I rescued the robin a little later. Somehow I felt that I had been visited by an angel.

Cloudia said...

me too dear. Wonderful post. Glad my peregrinations brought me here





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Gail Dixon said...

I feel the same way about God's creation! I once saw an exhibit of birds of prey and have loved them ever since. Wonderful portrait of the peregrine falcon. Love the vivid blue of the bluebirds.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Ruth ~ What fantastic photos. You inspire me to get out and do things on my own.

Thank you ~ FlowerLady

Sandra said...

that is one speedy falcon, wow on the dive speed, no wonder they used them for hunting. i am happy to see your birds are back after your long winter...sweet litle blue birds say spring is springing

Ruth said...

"I feel a calmness when I am out there observing God's creation in the wild."
I agree with you 100%!

Cicero Sings said...

I love it when the blue birds arrive - ours are a little different.

A hawk must have got a gray jay as I found the picked clean rib cage with wing still attached on our back trail yesterday.

Debbie said...

it's like nothing else matters, nothing else is important!! i feel the same joy, even watching my yard birds!!

awesome flight captures!!!

George said...

The falcon is beautiful. I'm glad she posed so well for you. It was nice that the hawks waited for you before coming. I enjoyed all of your photos.

S. Etole said...

The bluebirds add such a special dose of color this time of year.

Unknown said...

Ruth, great success with your Raptors!
Wonderful to see the Bluebirds!

Elaine said...

At one of the events at Creamer's Field a few years ago there was a Peregrine Falcon. They are really beautiful birds. Love those two spots of blue on the fence!

EG CameraGirl said...

The hawks have been slow in coming over here too, Ruth. I have seen a few red-tails and last week I saw a peregrine falcon, but it dove so fast I wasn't even able to take a blurry photo.

I'd love to attend a raptor awareness to get a close-up view!

Pat said...

Great shots of these raptors. I learned something new...that the Peregrine Falcons are the fastest animals of the animal kingdom. That is incredibly fast.

Janice K said...

My goodness what great eyes on that falcon. I guess that's what makes them such good hunters. Of course, good eyesight could be important when you are flying that fast!

I loved the pictures of the bluebirds. There's something special about it.

Naturegirl said...

Ruth you cetainly found beauty today. I love the last image of the 3 bluebirds. So peaceful.

Kerri Farley said...

I think birds bring out the best in us :) Beautiful shots Ruth!

Neal said...

Very nice!! I love those bluebirds. They are one of my favorite birds.

Patty said...

They are all beautiful shots of beautiful birds. I really like the two bluebirds, they look so blue sitting on the fence.

Cindy said...

Beautiful birds. I really love those Blue birds.

Nora said...

I agree with everyone else...love those bluebirds...great shots Ruth! I also love to be out in nature, and feel at home there.

jeanlivingsimple said...

Ruth, The shot of the Peregrine Falcon is very stunning. What a thrill it must have been to see this pretty bird.
Bluebirds always make me smile.
I'm smiling big!

Anita Johnson said...

I love your shot of the bluebirds!

Nancy said...

200 mph...incredible....I think God must have such a sense of humor when He was creating....

Your comment reminded me of Eric in Chariots of Fire when he said he felt God's pleasure when he ran..You feel calmness; I think that is wonderful.

Thank you so much for your encouraging comments today....
I have been lifted up....

Unknown said...

Wow Ruth, those blue birds are fantastic! I wish they would migrate my way :o)
Your falcon photo is great! We have a lot of falcons in Alaska, but I'm still trying to get a photo of one up close.
I can't imagine life without birds, they add so much to our world!
Chris :o)

Mary said...

The falcon is gorgeous! Wonderful flight shots. What a great day you had. And Bluebirds to add some color :-) Happiness, indeed! God is good!

Kim@stuffcould.... said...

I feel the same calmness when watching birds....I did not know about this bird Falcon

Betty Manousos said...

dear ruth, firstly, loved seeing your new template! simply awesome.

secondly i truly enjoyed looking at your fantastic bird photos.
those blue birds are gorgeous! and the falcon.
what a beautiful post!
thanks for brightening my day:)

have a lovely weekend~

big hugs~

Hilary said...

Wow.. that falcon is just amazing. Beautiful capture, Ruth. And your sunshine yellow blog is such a day brightener.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Those are great. I've chased many a bluebird down a fence row trying to get a good pic, but they just keep jumping on down. Love they way they're all lined up. Looks like it's thawing out up there. I know you're happy about that.