Friday, July 22, 2011

Rocky and the hawk

It was hot today.

Very hot.

And when you have 3 grandchildren visiting, the LAST thing they want to do is sit around inside with airconditioning comfort.  No sirree!  We must do SOMETHING.  So that something turned in to riding the Philly Double Decker Big Bus and see all the sights!  Not the air conditioned trolly.  Nope!  Must be on the top of the bus in the 100 degree heat.

Thankfully we went in the morning and there were few riders.  Go figure.  I've done this bus tour at least 4 times with guests when coming to Philly.  It's always fun and I learn something new each time.

But this time ... THIS TIME  ... I had a real treat.


OK ... fellow birdie bloggers ... tell me which hawk is this.  Is it a Cooper's?

Imagine my excitement when I spotted this guy at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  
He was so beautiful!

So regal.


So royal.

So curious.


And so condescending to those below him.

I'm not sure how Rocky felt about that.
I can just hear Rocky calling out:  Adrian!  Get him off of me!


Sorry Rocky, clearly this Hawk was the Champion of the day!

Thanks for dropping by, dear friends.
And no, we didn't run up the 72 Rocky Steps at the museum.

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71 comments:

Hilary said...

Oh how cool. Great post.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures and I do love the hawk! What a beautiful bird he is, Reena! Hope you have a great weekend! Happy SWF!

Sylvia

Anonymous said...

Red-tailed Hawk...just gorgeous!

Jazzi said...

Very beautiful!! And WHAT?? No steps?? Dont you know, it is all part of the experience?? BOL!! Just couldnt resist that!!

wags
Jazzi

Georgianna said...

Amazing photos, Reena. I don't know what kind of hawk it is but it's magnificent! Sorry about the heat. We would love to have just a bit of it here!

faye said...

WOW .. great shots of the Hawk.

Have a happy weekend... stay cool !!

Ruth said...

You never cease to amaze with what you see, AND the way you capture it and share it. The hawk is just beautiful, and on Rocky's glove to boot! What a great little tease and reveal.

As for the heat and taking the grandkids out, now I'm starting to wonder about grandparenthood! ;)

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

is truly spectacular, beautiful!

Have a great day!!
oa.s

Stewart M said...

Hi there - cant be of any held with the hawk (sorry!) - but I can tell you that it a great set of pictures.

Stewart M - Australia

Joe said...

Looks like a Cooper to me. Nice shots.

Louise said...

Beautiful shots, and I love where he chose to survey his kingdom. Isn't it exciting when you see a critter that you didn't expect to see, in a place where you didn't expect to see it?

elizabeth said...

Ah the things we will do for kids!
Love Mr.hawk
I have a few around here but never out with the camera at the right time
Have a wonderful weekend
Try to stay cool

texwisgirl said...

he is BEAUTIFUL!!! i love how you led up to the fact he was perched on Rocky's glove. just makes me LAUGH!!!

i at first thought coopers too. but after consulting my ever-so-thorough and sometimes confusing Crossley ID guide, i have to agree with the commenter above that said red-tailed hawk. the white chest bib he's wearing definitely is red-tail. the coopers has spots all the way from throat down.

i LOVE this post!

Marcie said...

Sounds like a fun time - albeit a hot one - with your grandkids. I'm no expert - but I think it's a red-tailed hawk??? Enjoy your time together!

Jillsy Girl said...

OMG! I'm as excited just seeing the photos!! :-)

Catherine said...

Don't you love how kids are oblivious to the weather!! Ha!

Love your photos of the hawk. They are so pretty. We have lots here too but they look a little different then this one.

Wishing you a terrific weekend!
xo Catherine

Jane said...

Great captures! Entertaining children in summer heat is challenging, especially this year. Sounds like you are having lots of fun despite the heat.

Judy said...

Wow what a capture! Oh Yes, we headed to a cave in the local area...53° it was on the inside...That was the best hour we spent and surprising the grandkids loved it...Ahhhhhh!

Jill said...

These pictures are stunning of a beautiful hawk!

Hartwood Roses said...

This makes me wonder what sort of vermin are at the museum, because I doubt this hawk was sitting there admiring the view. I love hawks! We have a Cooper's Hawk that hangs out on our power lines in the winter, and a pair of Red-tailed Hawks who live here year-round.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Reena! These are fantastic! I have no idea what kind of hawk he is, but he's magnificent. How sweet of him to pose for you like that. :)

Ashley Sisk said...

He's so beautiful. Wonderful captures!

Kathy said...

Great pictures!

Madi and Mom said...

Thanks to your grandchildren's adventurous spirits you did not 'miss this moment'!!
Fabulous picture and I beleive the yellow around the beak might be the sign of a Cooper's but I'll check my birding book.
Thanks for sharing.
Madi and Mom

Debbie said...

you have been rewarded.....for allowing the grandchildren to torture you!! awesome shots of the red tailed hawk!!!!

Liza said...

You take such beautiful photos!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Isn't that a fitting spot for him to survey his kingdom?
I didn't know there even was a Rocky statue! Loved the gradual reveal!

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

ROFLMBO! That was a good one, Reena! I'm still crackin' up! =)

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, stunning shots. He's a beauty. I'd have been super excited too. Temps supposed to be at 104F here today, I can't do this heat.

bon bon said...

that is hilarious!! how nice of him to sit there long enough for you get get these great captures!

Fjällripan said...

What a sight, really great capture! And I really enjoyed your amazing photos of the butterflies below, beautiful!

I wish you a nice weekend :)

ELK said...

such a ham for the camera he was ... love the series and i imagine your grand kids were excited to see it...

Ann said...

Well I would say that you got compensated for enduring the heat today. What a gorgeous bird and your photos are fabulous. I don't know my hawks though so I couldn't say which one it was

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Just amazing. I don't think I'll ever see anything like that here! ;)

urban muser said...

what a gorgeous bird. those shots on the rocky statue are great!!

holdingmoments said...

A beauty of a bird; and that last shot is priceless.
Excellent.

Barbara Shallue said...

Very, very cool! Love the statue, too :)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, wonderful captures of the Hawk. And what a neat place to land on Rocky's statue. I can not imagine riding on the top of a tour bus in this heat. You are great.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Great series. I loved the kicker at the end. :)

Anna said...

These shots made braving the heat all worth it! Wonderful!!! Sorry, don't know my hawks but I always find them stunning.

Dawn said...

That's awesome!
I love the place he decided to perch:)

Andrew said...

Beautiful images Reena... then the reveal priceless lol
A lovely post.

Mental P Mama said...

Those are amazing shots! I would guess red-tailed, but am too lazy to get up and go look at my books!

Jennifer Richardson said...

what a fantastic gift you were given!!!
and what a handsome fella:)
-Jennifer

Jessica Vescera said...

What a great sport that guy was. Great shots!

Frank said...

Fabulous encounter and super images.

Roadside Rustic said...

These are just wonderful shots.

CherryPie said...

That is a wonderful bird, I love your photos of him.

Sérgio Pontes said...

I like this post

S. Etole said...

I've been hearing one flying around overhead but haven't spotted him yet. These are great photos!

lisleman said...

good sequence of pics. You had to be off the bus at the time - right?
I was lucky to get a few shots of a hawk this year. Maybe they are coming back.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh he is so beautiful! What great shots. Today i think I saw an eagle. Well, 2 really. One was flying away and I could swear it had a white head. The second was in the neighbors hard eating something! No camera in my hand!

Teresa said...

Such amazing shots! I love that last one that shows where the bird is perched.

beth said...

omg....that hawk is amazing !
and sitting on rocky's glove...well, he's a gutsy thing isn't he :)

what a fantastic grandma you are to do what the grandkids wanted to do in this heat....wow. i'm not sure i could have handled it.

Bonnie said...

Wow - great photos and beautifully presented.

Pat said...

He's magnificent - and what amazing captures you got!

ladyfi said...

What a magnificent creature! Great photos.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Excellent post and photos, too.

Regards!

Rosie@travel-i-tales said...

Great post! Like the way you sequence the shots.
Rosie

Daryl said...

What a fabulous post .. love the reveal at the end!

Country Girl said...

Here's a Cooper's Hawk:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/haroldstiver/4192815938/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/haroldstiver/5237377711/

Here's a Sharp Shinned:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21019806@N05/2314498819/

And here's what I believe you've got, which is a red-tailed hawk:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9534802@N02/1793625895/

Beautiful photos. Excellent capture on the statue, too.

Jill Wellington said...

Hi Reena, I found your blog through Tricia Hays blog. Fab photos! I have really enjoyed poking around in here. I will be back!

Shirley said...

Terrific shots!

Leontien said...

Haha great post and GREAT bird!!!

Thanks and i hope you have a great sunday
Leontien

Rural Revival said...

Ha! I can hear him too, cute! Lovely captures, getting a good shot like that isn't easy!

~Andrea

Saun said...

Awesome shots and what a buildup, just the way Rocky would have done it. I can hear Survivor
It's the eye of the tiger, it's
the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
stalks his prey in the night
And he's watching us all with the eye of the tiger ....

olivia said...

i love love love these! i love hawks!

Ms. Becky said...

now those were some MOMENTS! excellent!

Pat Tillett said...

I really have no idea, but it looks like a falcon to me. Either way, those are some amazing photos of an awesome looking predator.
Thanks!

'Tsuki said...

You must have been surprise by this winner, indeed ! It is magnificent, though, and you did quite an impressive job by taking those pics, bravo !

awarewriter said...

I love this series. It looks like a Cooper's hawk to me. Here's where we enter the twilight zone. I was looking at a series of hawk pictures for my B&W weekend when I happened to scroll down to last weeks' weekend reflections and saw your hawk.

When I rescanned my images a few weeks ago, I did some research because I wanted to know which hawk. Yep, it's a coopers.