Monday, May 21, 2012

Escape

 The squirrels have pretty much given up trying to steal food from my feeders.  They've been pretty content to eat on the patio wall or under the feeders.  There's certainly no lack of food UNDER the feeders due to the woodpeckers and titmouse (or is it titmice?) throwing all the seeds out in search for their favorite morsels.


 There's always some danger for them to feed from the patio stone wall though.



 Frequently, they will freeze and not move for minutes!  
Oftentimes, there is a good reason for this.


 Like this visitor who has just landed in the nearby trees.

 This Cooper's Hawk stops in occasionally checking things out.
He has gotten so bold as to land on the patio wall.
But so far, Rocky Squirrel has had luck on his side!

 Here, he is giving me the eye through my office window 
as I grabbed my camera and began shooting.

He gave me the once over

 and flew over to our wood pile in hopes of

 catching this little gal.
Fortunately, for Carmen Chipmunk,
she was too fast for him!

: : :

Hope your week is getting off to a great start.
I've been a bit absent lately being distracted with
other 'stuff' that needed my attention.
This Spring seems so busy ... a good busy ... but still busy.
 
Can't wait to see what you've all been up to!





38 comments:

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

What a capture of interesting nature moments!

Loved them! Whew... glad the bushy-tailed ones escaped! Even if Mr. Hawk needed lunch.

bon bon said...

coop there is quite majestic! love his dappled chest and pantaloons. ;o)

Sylvia K said...

I love the squirrel and the Coopers Hawk and the little chipmunk that I'm glad didn't end up being dinner for the hawk -- even if he was hungry!! Superbly beautiful captures for the day, Reena, as always! Hope you have a great week!

TexWisGirl said...

that cooper's is gorgeous! i wish the hawks here showed an interest in the squirrels! dang it!

forgetmenot said...

Lots of "drama" going on around your place--you captured it beautifully. We have WAY too many squirrels in our neighborhood. They eat the bark off of the tree limbs which makes the limbs die. Cute as they are, I wish they would go elsewhere! Mickie :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow! What awesome shots of that hawk! Really all these shots are stellar.

We have a squirrel that my dog has been after for weeks. Of course Chance will never catch the squirrel, but I gotta give him E for effort. I noticed the squirrel last night peeking over the fence; I'm sure trying to ascertain if the yard was clear. Between the wildlife and my dogs I have no need of TV for entertainment. :)

CherryPie said...

An amazing series of photos :-)

Rosemary Aubut said...

The hawk is such a powerful looking bird. Great shots!

Country Girl said...

Fantastic photos of the hawk, Reena! Wow!!

Gail said...

Wonderful series...telling the tale the view from your window.

S. Etole said...

That hawk looks like he means business.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Wow, gorgeous images and the hawk ones are incredible.

Ivanhoe said...

Adorable lil' guy! I told you squirrels are my favorite :)
I'm glad he keeps escaping! Stay away, hawk!
Hugs from Ohio,
I.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

He's pretty scary....glad the squirrels are smart! Great photos and fun post!

Margie said...

Gorgeous hawk captures Renna!

Brian Miller said...

oh my....run little squirrel...a lot of beauty in that powerful raptor though...but run little squirrel....smiles.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

That's a brazen hawk, nicely captured I might add!

Ann said...

Fabulous photos. Love the first squirrel shot and the ones of the hawk are amazing. He looks like he's posing for you

Michaele said...

Fantastic photos and dialog. Love him giving you the once over. I would love to try out your camera : )

My Journey With Candida said...

You have the best stories to go along with your pictures. You should write childrens books.

Ginny said...

Truly amazing!!! A rare feast for the eyes, I have never seen a hawk be so bold! You must live in a very wooded area.

Caroline said...

Amazing shots..wish I had hawks in my neck of the woods to photograph. They are beautiful birds.

Rohrerbot said...

Awesome!!! I like the pic sequences but especially of the Cooper's Hawk next to the dish....that shot really stands out.

Kathy said...

Run, Carmen, run!

rainfield61 said...

You are having a very good lens.

Great job!!!!!!

NatureStop said...

Greetings from Oman,
Amzaing captures of the Hawk!Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Shantana

Daryl Edelstein said...

he doesnt look very big, I suspect he's a teen ... fabulous catch! 3 sleeps til I see you...

Sandra said...

these are totally awesome! the first one looks like he is saying the blessing over his food. great shots

Lois Evensen said...

I love the stance of that hawk on the wall: "I'm in charge here! Where's the food!"

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful shots Reena.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena what wonderful pictures of the hawk. Your photo hobby has quickly turned into pictures worthy of National Geographic.

Hugs Madi and Mom

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

It's just a super busy time of year!

What marvelous wildlife photos ya have captured here. Thanks for sharin' 'em with us sweetie.

God bless ya and have an amazin' day!!! :o)

Pat said...

Wonderful shots! I'm glad Carmen escaped!

Ross said...

Fantastic shots! You always have such amazing stories that you tell with your pictures. I really love how you just photograph every day life as it unfolds and that you don't have to be looking everywhere to find great shots.

Mark said...

What? Do you live in a zoo? What a mix of visitors you get, and those photos, so perfect, those creatures look fake. That bird is beautiful.

islandwonder said...

Sweet!!!!!! Amazing shoots!

lisa. said...

Let's hope rocky Squirrel stays lucky. That hawk look like he means business!!
Great series of photographs Reena!
Have a wonderful day.

Betty Manousos said...

oh my all of these shots are beyond beautiful!