Thursday, December 4, 2008

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk for Craig.

On one of the Jane & Barbie adventures I had the
the privilege of photographing a Red-shouldered Hawk.
Those of you who follow my blog know that Barbie is
Bird Girl and we have been best friends a very long time and
share the hobby of birding. On this day we were in search
of 'Short- eared Owls' but we saw this guy on the way and
pulled over and got him in action.

He certainly wasn't intimidated by our car parked nearby
and our cameras out the windows.

He would drop down by a small body of water and then back up
on the wire. We never did see him catch something, but you had to
give him points for trying. This was my one and only sighting of
a Red-shouldered hawk.

I posted a similar story in April of 08, and if you type in
search 'Red-shouldered hawk' it will bring that up.
There are lots more pictures there.

On the far right you can see him flying (click for closer look)

I'm also interested in old buildings and farms. This building
reminded me of that. So I'm throwing in a couple of those shots.

Later that day we did get Short-eared Owls, I posted that too.
Type in Short-eared owls in the search bar.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Look up and be surprised.....

Every once in a while, something appears in the night sky that attracts
the attention of even those who normally don't bother looking up.
It was that way on my way home from work tonight.
I had heard the night before the weather man saying
something about an 'upside down frownie' is what to
look for. Well!! There it was ..

A slender crescent moon, about 15 percent illuminated
in very close proximity to the two brightest planets in our sky,
Venus and Jupiter.
Here you can see the full globe of the moon, its darkened portion glowing
with a bluish-gray hue interposed between the sunlit
crescent and not much darker sky. This vision is sometimes called
"the old moon in the young moon's arms." Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
was the first to recognize it as what we now call "earthshine"
I was glad I took one picture in Aperture Priority because
it shows just that. / Starry Night Software Picture from MSNBC

Sometimes I do look up to see something other than birds.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done.

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