Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mail, trash and a hawk ...

We are still hanging around up here in Maine and can you believe that I haven't taken a single photo for two days!  I'm surrounded by such beautiful landscape and not a moment to pull the camera out.  Bummer!

Much of our day today was spent figuring out how to get our mail, newspapers and how to dispose of our trash and recyclables.  We went to two post offices and finally one of them called us to tell us where our mailbox was located (a block away) and that newspapers are delivered to the mailbox, not to our front door. 

Ummmm, guess we won't have our paper to enjoy during morning breakfast.  And as far as all the trash and recyclables, well, they must be broken down and divided into a number of different types of recyclables and taken to the waste management/recycling center.  All so very different from city living!

But I have no complaints.  I feel these little inconveniences are a small price to pay to live in these surroundings.  Everyone we have met has been so friendly and helpful. 

By the way, I think I may have confused a few of you with the idea that we have totally moved to Maine.  Not true.  We still reside in Philadelphia but hope to spend time up in Maine in the summers and occasionally throughout the year. 

And now, since I have nothing in my camera, I pulled some images from last week just before we left Philly.  I was sitting in my office when I looked up and saw this magnificent creature!


He was sitting right above my feeders.  All the little birds had escaped. 
But he kept looking around.  Lunch, I suppose.











He eventually flew over to a patio chair and it was at that point I noticed a mourning dove sat frozen not but 8 feet away.  He was sure to become lunch for the hawk but I quickly ran out and both birds flew away.  Doves sure are sweet but man o man, not very bright!



I hope to get out tomorrow and take some photos. 
The weather has been great!

Later friends,

~ sharing with~


64 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous coopers, reena! really perfect shots!

Ginny said...

Oh men, my heart has skipped a bit at these majestic photos, really!! And I see he has chosen yellow shoes to match his eyes! Great fashion sense, but not so sharp eyed, as he missed the dove! Perhaps he sensed you were there and was concerned about that. Philadelphia and Maine, could it GET ANY better??? I bet you have frequently had the best cheesesteaks ever!

Saun said...

It's almost as he can hear the camera click. Gorgeous

Kathy said...

Is he beautiful or what? He certainly appears to be the master over his domain.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Beautiful shots of the hawk. It's hard to imagine he came in so close. Our mourning doves are so intimidated by the Magpies, it's sad to watch.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

And by the way, your windows must be a LOT cleaner than mine!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Perfection and to think he landed there. Im in aww. Your so lucky.
Reena amazing. Just amazing.

Loved this blog !!!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, Reena! What gorgeous captures of such an incredible bird! I, too, am in awe! Superb! I know you're going to love spending time in Maine! I know I would! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Barb said...

Stunning bird, stunning photos!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a beautiful bird. Wonderful photos. As for the newspaper, may I suggest you just keep yesterday's paper for tomorrow morning's coffee. Yeah sure, you'll be a day late but you're in Maine...who cares?

grammie g said...

HI Renna...wow I am behind on your posts ..I just found out about you Maine spot...yah for you... I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!!
I just love these shots of the Hawk..a real beauty...and I have saved many a dove from being lunch to they are not the smartest bird on the block lol!!
Not all places here recycle or have to go around the block for the mail and the paper....lol

Grace

holdingmoments said...

Superb captures Reena. Excellent detail.
What a beauty.

Stewart M said...

What cracking pictures!

How do people get these pictures of birds of prey!

Cheers - Stewart M

Dianne said...

The markings on this bird are amazing - I think he's saying he wants lunch!

Woody said...

Wonderful shots! Hawks do not really like people, so there must be some attractive lunch options for him to hang around.

Maybe he expecting a waiter?

Catherine said...

Haha ~ love the one of him sitting on the patio chair! Very sweet!
Have fun on your photo shoot today!
xo Catherine

Snapper II said...

It is definitely hungry. And when they are hungry they don't care who sees them.
Fantastic capture.

lynnekovan said...

Wow! What wonderful shots. You've managed to capture such detail on this magificient bird. Terrific!

Daryl said...

WOW! He's so handsome, I think he looks young .. (I know as if I who live in the midst of a huge city would know a young hawk from an older one but he does look young) and those talons .. and the coloration around his beak ... you are such a good bird mama shoo'ing the bully from the gentle but oh so not smart Dove .. xo

Claudia said...

I would have run out to save the mourning dove, too! They are so beautiful, but not very quick in those dangerous times! Gorgeous photos.

xo
Claudia

Judy said...

What stunning shots...I know what you mean, at least about the trash and mail. We get the paper only once a week, that was hard to take at first, and our trash we bring twice a month. We've really learned how to recycle.

Sandra said...

he is gorgeous! and the photos are wonderful and I love the foot shot

Ivanhoe said...

Look at those daggers! I'm sure happy all of the little ones ran :) Enjoy your stay up north!

Gary said...

Beautiful close ups of a stunning bird!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Wow, great captures. I'm sure that dove was thanking you.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Wow factor!. A beautiful series of the Hawk.

Bob Bushell said...

That is a finest Bird of Prey that I have seen. Cheers Reena.

Suldog said...

I've always enjoyed watching hawks. I often spot them flying high overhead near Newton, MA, where I work. Occasionally, I see one land in a tree nearby, which is a rare treat.

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! What a gift to have that amazing hawk pose for you. So beautiful also. Can't wait to see some Maine photos!

Michelle said...

Oh my heart always skips a beat when these guys or girls show up...lovely photo opportunity....

Andrew said...

It's a wonderful bird to see Reena..
Fantastic images.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

fantastic shots!
glad we got to see this!

Hilary said...

Wow.. fabulous shots, Reena. I love that last shot.. he's so close, sharing your patio space. I'm glad you didn't have to witness the killing of the mourning dove (beautiful yes, but dumb like bunnies) but of course, the hawk needs to eat, too...

Madi and Mom said...

Over the summer I had a hawk right above my feeders. Good grief I know all of God's creatures have to eat but please Mr. Hawk not in my yard and not the birds at my feeder. Often I struggle with the fact that my feeders are a buffet for the backyard birds but then the back yard birds are a buffet for the birds of prey.
Absolutely gorgeous hawk. I had no idea the feet were so yellow.
Hugs C

Springman said...

What an encounter, and to get such pictures with this kind of detail is remarkable indeed.
Cheers!

Linda R. said...

What a gorgeous shot. They are just stunning..

Hope you enjoy your home away from home.. Sounds wonderful. Can't wait to see photos!

Hugs, Linda

CherryPie said...

That is a magnificent bird!

I have to admit I went and re-read your post after everyone commented that you had moved. I was relieved to see I had read you post right in the first place ;-)

I didn't want to be having a senior moment!

My Journey With Candida said...

Look at those claws on that beautiful bird. They could sure do some damage.

joo said...

It's a beauty,and your photos are terrific!

Pat said...

Wonderful captures of this beautiful hawk!

Ann said...

Holy smokes, the mailbox is a block away? That's certainly different.
Great shots of the hawk and good job on saving the dove

dona said...

Hi Reena, I think you should not interfere with natural selection... but I would have done the same. :)
Keep on enjoying your staying in Maine!

beth said...

that bird is exquisite !

and my sister lives in maine....stockton springs....maybe when i visit her next year i'll visit you, too :)

lifeisaroadtrip said...

I was sent here by Ramblin' Kathy to check out your Key West photos as I have just recently started playing with Topaz. LOVELY! Boy, is that the kind of bird you get in the "city"? :-) And God bless you for saving that stupid dove.

Frank Baron said...

Wonderful pics of an awe-inspiring raptor. Bravo. :)

S. Etole said...

Wow! Magnificent shots.

Ron @ TOGBlog.com said...

Great Shots! Especially the close up.

Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

~Ron

Kerri said...

That hawk is amazing! Wow!

latebloomerbuds said...

I could scream over these shots Reena! I adore hawks. What a beauty he is. Margie

AudreyO said...

I can't imagine having to go a block away to get my mail. I don't get a newspaper, I just read online, but I do get mail.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

We lived the big city life for decades and recycling and mail, newspaper, everything was at the front curb. Now that we live rurally, we take our garbage down the lane to the roadside. We were driving all of our recyclables to a recycle center about 3 miles away, but now we have a 'test' recycling program going on roadside in front of our home. We have to separate items and bag in clear bags for them to pick up. Out of the 24 homes on our road, only 3 of us participate. Two neighbors still choose to burn their junk. Yes, folks are a bit backwards in these here parts of Virginia... LOL

Kanelstrand said...

I wouldn't want to feel his claws. But he looks so regal!

eileeninmd said...

Reena, awesome shots of the Coopers hawk. It is a beauty, I am glad your little yard birds were smart and left. Awesome photos. Enjoy your time in Maine.

eileeninmd said...

Reena, awesome shots of the Coopers hawk. It is a beauty, I am glad your little yard birds were smart and left. Awesome photos. Enjoy your time in Maine.

Hilke Breder said...

A magnificent hawk! Great capture, Reena.

lisa said...

What wonderful photographs these are Reena, and how fortunate you are to be spending time in Maine. It really is a most beautiful state, and truly a photographer's dream. Enjoy every moment!

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow - that hawk is magnificent! As are your photos.

Indrani said...

Gorgeous bird. Fantastic captures.

Gillian Olson said...

What a great series of pictures.

Evelyn S. said...

Amazing how ferocious the hawks are when you can see them in detail ...as in your wonderful photos. As for the innocent doves....we've had a population expolosion of Asian Collared Doves (imported to Florida years ago...and the birds multiplied and moved west). They are beautiful, but they are larger and more aggressive than the mourning doves. I think maybe a hawk or two might not be a bad thing! ;-)

Pat said...

What wonderful captures of this beautiful hawk!

Mental P Mama said...

They are beautiful birds, but the whole circle of life thing is hard to watch...

bobbybegood1 said...

Great shot! The hawk is just drop-dead gorgeous; the dove too. You do have a soft heart, my dear, but you can't save em all. Mailbox a block away? Wow! Well, look at it this way - GREAT EXERCISE! LOL! Cheers!!

Joe said...

Great shots of the hawk looking for lunch. Strange the dove would freeze like that.