Friday, January 2, 2009

Morning Joy

This morning as I looked out I saw one solitary Downy
Woodpecker clinging to the feeder pole. Not moving just

As I looked around no other birds were in sight.
I bet that a hawk was nearby so I grabbed the camera
and went from window to window trying to see in the
trees. Nothing. I quietly opened the back door and tip-
toed out. Just as I got to the end of the deck.... I saw
movement ... there in a tree nearby was a sharp-
shinned hawk. I raised the camera praying the
settings were right and got three shots before
he flew off. I saw he had prey, a bird but
couldn't see what kind.

He turned his head towards me .....

Gave me one last look....

Leaned forward and then was gone!

The whole thing lasted about 7 seconds but it made my day.
A few minutes after he flew the little Downy also flew away
glad it wasn't his day to be taken.

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


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You certainly were fortunate to be able to capture those lovely pictures.I bet it made your heart beat just a little faster to watch and photograph this.I know it would do that for me.

The Birdlady said...

You were certainly in the right place at the right time! Great captures.

Craig Glenn said...

Wow Jalynn! What a cool capture. I have seen birds acting funny at times too and I look up and see a hawk in to top of a tree or pole. So incredible to see and have at least a little understanding about their life. Imagine the woodpecker knowing to be afraid of the hawk. Nice job.

Shellmo said...

I'm so glad the downy was spared! Exciting photos!

Tina said...

Good you figured out to look out your glad that little downy knew to stay still..great pics of the hawk..know they have to eat but sure hate it when then choose from my backyard menu!! Love your new header!

Bird Girl said...

The raptors are cold and hungry! I've never seen so many out as today...hunting! I love them and figure there are certainly enough birds to go around...but I'm glad he didn't get that cute little downy, too! He is one handsome hawk!

Anonymous said...

Very nice shots. I enjoyed the slide show too.

Site Meter