Friday, April 11, 2014


A day spent at the valley during spring raptor migration can yield all kinds of surprises.

This trio of Canada Geese came by in perfect formation.They must have known that I wanted to get a good picture,just look at that perfect spacing.

Later that same day,while watching the sky for raptors,this pair of Great Blue Herons flew over.It is not unusual to see one of these at a time,but to have two come over together is a real treat.

If for a moment there are no birds to photograph,my eyes catch the soft light of the moon in the daytime.

How does it feel to soar in the sky like this? Sometimes,I find myself wondering about that. It looks so effortless and graceful.This Red-tailed Hawk's wings have  highlighted edges,thanks to the warm sunlight.

Another Red-tailed Hawk.These are magnificent birds,and we see so many of them each year.It is not uncommon to see between 1500-2000 Red-tails pass through the valley on any given day,and each bird is a beautiful sight to see.

As humans we worry and fret about so many things,but God tells us in His word that He will take care of us.

Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air;they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
And yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?


Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hello on a gorgeous, spring day in TENNESSEE. Wow---after the long and bitter winter we had this year, Spring is even more inviting and lovely.

I'd love to be there with you enjoying the spring migration. You saw some AWESOME birds and got some great photos. Love the 'daytime' moon also.

We are now home 'again' --after our 5th trip since the end of February.... Seems as if we visited five different states --although the trips weren't planned for that reason... ha... BUT--as I always say, it's great to be home... I did publish a blog post today--so check it out when you have time. Have a wonderful weekend.


Gail Dixon said...

Really awesome photo of the geese!! You were blessed with lots of beauty to capture and you did it well. :)

TexWisGirl said...

what a peaceful feeling to your post. i cannot imagine watching up to 2000 raptors in one day!

George said...

All of these photos are wonderful. The moon is a beautiful bonus.

Debby Ray said...

Perfect spacing, indeed, on those geese! Wouldn't it be so awesome to be able to fly? I went through a period in my life when I had several recurring dreams that I could fly. I was so disappointed to wake up and find out it was just a dream! I saw a blue heron fly and land in a pond right near my house a couple of weeks ago. I had seen one before a few years was gorgeous.
Have a great weekend.

Cloudia said...

Your shots make my spirit soar!

ALOHA from Honolulu

=^..^= <3

Dorothy said...

Exciting pictures, Ruth! You are blessed to have the opportunity to photograph them! Several yeas ago I frequently dreamed I was soaring like the birds :) It was such a free feeling!

Shug said...

Love this scripture..... Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to fly? Oh the sights that can be seen from way up high...I can only imagine the peace!!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Looking at these beautiful overhead birds makes my neck hurt. :)

Seriouslly, Ruth, these are wonderful. I can only imagine the joy it must be to see this migration in person.

Hilary said...

Wonderful captures of these beauties in flight. Your geese shot is perfect. And I was looking at the moon at just about that same time (at least in the east), today. It was 6:00 pm when I noticed it had risen.

Diane said...

A joyful and beautiful post, Ruth. Diane

from Madrid said...

In the first shot we can see, the birds also have discipline, although differently than humans.


EG CameraGirl said...

When I see these photos it makes me want to be out birding so bad!! :)

Montanagirl said...

Terrific photos as always, Ruth. Really like your Geese shot a lot.

Sandra said...

that first shot they are ON POINT just for your camera.. you would like the raptor show here at Jungle gardens. it amazes me there are that many hawks in one place

Unknown said...

Ruth, I love seeing the raptors. We had an Eagle soaring over our house yesterday. It was riding the thermals, going round and round and round! That must be so much fun! Wish I could do it!!

forgetmenot said...

Looks like a great day of "birding". That many red tailed hawks a day--amazing!!! Have a lovely weekend. Mickie ;)

Debbie said...

Great flight shots Ruth, and a very pretty moon!!

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, I always enjoy stopping by your blog. Your excellent photography and positive thoughts are a joy. Your photos in this post remind me of a story I saw on Sunday Morning (on CBS in the US). They did a story on the Sandhill Cranes returning in their migration and stopping for a break in Nebraska. Wouldn't that be an amazing thing to see. They say there are thousands of them. I am sure you would get some great photos. Take care now, John

Rick said...

Nice choice of text - something we need to remember daily.

i think those geese were practicing just for your shot ! ;>)

Very nice moon shot.

Have a great Sunday Ruth.

Hootin' Anni said...

What a wonderful blessing to stop by and view all this amazing beauty that surrounds you and you taking the time to share it with us.

Of course, you KNOW I enjoyed all the bird photos, but I must say that soft glow of the daytime moonlight is spectacular also.

Hootin' Anni
Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Willard said...

A wonderful series, Ruth.

warriormom said...

I needed to be reminded of that promise. Beautiful shots. Around here the hawk watching only seems to happen during the fall migration.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

HI Ruth Wonderful flight shots to go with this scripture.