Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The indignity





As many of you know,  this guy (Cooper's Hawk) comes around sporadically looking for a meal.  Lately though,  I haven't noticed him being very successful.  Mostly, he's just been coming in and watching.  But the other day, he did this!


He ate a worm!


Like a common Robin!
 

A smorgasboard of delicacies surround you and you eat a worm!!
 





I know.  None of my business.  But really, Mr. Cooper!
Not classy.  Not classy at all!

: : :
 
P.S.
Remember my shot the other day (here) of the multiple exposure of the pelicans?  Well, jennyfreckles over at Saltaire Daily had the answer.  Apparently my Nikon D7000 has a function for multiple exposures ... up to 3 photos!  Who knew?  Not me.  Duh!  More interesting fact is that how did it do that when I didn't set the setting.   Guess we'll never know but at least there is the opportunity to do this again!

Yippie ki-yah!


P.S.S.
Great comments yesterday my friends.  I loved hearing all your thoughts!


~ sharing with~

54 comments:

Sandra said...

rather mr cooper eat earthworms than birds, our red tailed hawk eats all our sweet doves and sits in the tree and drops parts and feathers, talk about no manners. i think my camera has that to, i need to check it

beth said...

what a gorgeous bird !!
and that setting your camera has is actually pretty cool....
and you know what, i think sometimes our cameras get bored with us and they have a mind of their own as mine occasionally does something i didn't intend for it to do and i'm like "whaaat"

xo

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Hmmm...sounds like someone needs to read their manual. I tell my wife this often to no avail. I wonder if my D80 has that feature. I suppose I could read my manual and find out.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I think it's fine.... kind of like slurping up a string of spaghetti. LOL Nothing wrong with that...

Brian Miller said...

its like fast food you know...how awesome to see him often as well...bsautiful bird...and cool on the new camera function too

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful bird and like Brian wrote, fast food, a bird McDonalds!! Isn't it cool to learn something new about our cameras!! I have lot to learn, but I do love it. Hope your week is going well, Reena!

Sylvia

TexWisGirl said...

even the greatest of hunters might still go for junk food now and again... :)

Bob Bushell said...

I had a Common Kestrel that used to do that, it was being either it was too young, or it needed something to eat, and a worm just about solves it. Lovely photos Reena.

Hartwood Roses said...

Indignity behanged, when one's tummy is growling. How cool that you were there with camera in hand to capture it.

lynnekovan.com said...

Lovely boy.We all get hungry, and if it means eating the odd worm....so be it!

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Oh, what a cool feature to have on a camera - can't wait to see what you come up with when you TRY.

Patricia said...

What's wrong with eating your dessert first? Love your bird photos. Take care.

My Journey With Candida said...

I really need to get the book out on my camera and read to see what it does. I loved that shot of your pelican in motion.

CherryPie said...

I think he ate that worm with class ;-)

With regard to camera settings, I often click on setting on my camera accidentally without realising. It takes me ages to find out how to unset them.

Recently I got my camera in black and white mode by mistake!!!

bill lisleman said...

As other have commented - a little fast food doesn't hurt.

Andrew said...

A wonderful bird to see....

Ginny said...

So funny, a hawk eating a worm!!! But the poor bird must be starving to have to resort to this...and your pictures are WONDERFUL!!! Hawk close ups like this are rare!! Glad to know about your camera, what a COOL feature, wish mine had it! Oh, I LOVE the title of this post!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I love your hawk shots, you get some incredible captures . . . and eating a worm too.

Claudia said...

I was driving the other day and saw a Cooper's Hawk dive down to the median and grab something - most likely, a mouse. Glad I was moving to fast to watch it. I know it's nature and all that, but I hate to see any living thing eaten!

Great photos.

xo
Claudia

Steve said...

Wonderful Reena!!!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what great captures! I never seen a hawk with a worm.

Wolfsrosebud said...

Cheetos, Doritos, Lays chips, wiggle worm... hmm, all the same I guess.

Ann said...

a hawk on a diet? I'm sure my camera has several features I haven't discovered yet.

TSannie said...

What a happy "accident" that pelican shot was!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I have seen Red-Shouldered Hawks eat worms like this after a morning, or late evening rain. They will walk around and just pick them up at will as the worms are still struggling to live following the rain. I would rather them get the worms more often than to take the doves, and yet...nature;)

Pat said...

Just a snack!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That was an amazing photo...I'm glad you found out how you did it so that you can do it again! heehee! ♥

Gillian Olson said...

Who knew they ate worms? Maybe he just wanted a quick take out meal!

rainfield61 said...

Thank you for your update regarding the multiple exposure.

I do not think there is something similar in my Canon.

Your result is a surprise to you, but I bet the worm was not, as to the bird.

mrs mediocrity said...

oh my, ewwww....
but great shots, what a treat to see him so "up close and personal"
(i bet he was really embarrassed...)

Evelyn S. said...

Great! Must be good protein...don't "bizarre-food-humans" eat worms? :-) (I had an experience a couple of days ago with Bald Eagles, being reminded of what they eat. A lot of people with romantic ideas would be grossed out.)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Sometimes there's no explanation - pleased there was for your amazing image though.

Springman said...

Very unclassly behaviour but I suppose any port in a storm will do. Bad luck to get caught by the papparazzi!

Larry said...

Great shots of the Cooper's Hawk Reena. I have never seen a hawk eating a worm but I have seen them eating snakes which look like big worms ;-)

You must remember that this is a juvenile Cooper's so he or she might not be that good of a hunter... yet.

Stewart M said...

Nice shots of the hawk.

What is even more interesting about the pelican shot is that you seemed to have managed to turn the multiple pictures setting off as well!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Steve Gravano said...

She looks like she's saying," don't knock it till you've tried it!"
Cameras, like cars, were made to drive us crazy!

Joe said...

GREAT series! Never knew a hawk would eat worms.

Modesto Viegas said...

Great shots!!!

Ross said...

Such a great series of shots! What a beautiful looking bird as well. It's almost time for the birds to start coming back to a local sanctuary here, so I look forward to the opportunity for some great shots!

Daryl Edelstein said...

maybe its like that 'button' under my D90's lens that I touch inadvertently and which then freezes my shutter .. annoys the hell out of me but I dont even know I am doing it til the shutter freezes .. so maybe there's a setting button or wheel you touched and didnt know it .. and I do believe Mr Cooper is a wormatarian

Liza said...

I went and clicked on that pelican shot...amazing! What a fortuitous accident. Hopefully you have figured out how to do it on purpose...but if not, you can pretty much always find camera directions to a specific model on line.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

Reena, that so good to come here, in your space...
A history in photography, that shows the power of the strongest
:(

Great shots!!
Everything good for you Reena, is my wish!!!

cvb

islandwonder said...

WOW!! Great documentation.

heyBJK said...

haha! That is great, Reena! I had to laugh! Fantastic shots!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good captures.

Regards and best wishes

Michaele said...

He must have been the early bird?

Rambling Woods said...

The yellow eyes mean a young hawk as compared to red eyes, so he or she has to take what he can get...

Catherine said...

Tsk tsk... perhaps the worm was like an 'after dinner mint'. ;)
xo Catherine

Jennifer Richardson said...

hmmm.
maybe he's dieting
like i should be.
funny:)
-Jennifer

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

LOL, I guess when times are tough, ya gotta do what ya gotta do to survive!

Sharkbytes said...

That looks like a rather desperate hawk. Or maybe he just has a taste for worm. Maybe it's like people eating snails.

Hilary said...

"like a common robin" That cracked me up. Fine shots. :)

Lisa RedWillow said...

Wonderful shots.

Margaret said...

yes, very common. ha ha. Love your sense of humor... but I don't think HE does.