Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hunger Pangs


The cold continues.  Snow has been on the ground for over a week.




Bluebirds frequent their heated birdbath.  Two or three arrive first...




...and the rest follow in close succession, splashing down like a winged waterfall.


In the hollow, a red-shouldered hawk soars in broad circles, 
his piercing eyes scanning the ground for some hapless creature 
to warm his belly and help him get through the winter.





 Near the house, he perches in a craggy oak...




pivoting his head to all points of the compass.
The deck, so recently a living carpet of birds, is strangely vacant.  




Red takes a pass, but comes up empty.  But hey,

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
Wayne Gretzky 




Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday


30 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful hawk! glad those sweet bluebirds can find your heated bath!

Sharon said...

It is cold and snowy here today; think I will come over and take a heated bath with those birds! :)
So beautiful, Connie!

Lisa Gordon said...

Those little bluebirds are adorable, Connie, and how wonderful that they have a heated birdbath! Lucky little ones!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Glad they were overlooked this time- the hawk doesn't usually miss though. Very pretty bluebirds..one of my favorites.

HansHB said...

Lovely photos, great work!

Sandra said...

Such adorable little blue birds. How lucky are they to have a heated bath!

eileeninmd said...

Oh how beautiful! I love the bluebirds. So happy the hawk missed. Awesome photos!

Deanna said...

Oh those blue birds make my heart sing!!

Grampy said...

Wow, nice gathering of bluebirds. Great hawk photos too.

Brian King said...

Great shots of the bluebirds! I don't see them very often even in the summer. Love the hawk!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Beautiful with the bluebirds and the snow! Nice little spa there.

Karen said...

Gorgeous hawk. I'm glad it didn't get any cute little bluebirds!

Willow said...

Adoring those bluebirds !
The hawk has been staking out our small free ranging chicken int his cold snap. I manages to head him off at he pass yesterday ~ this frigid cold snap has him really determined.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Ohhhh What a lovely bluebirds.. And beautiful raptor.. Congrats.. Great pics..

Gordon said...

Well Connie I'm amazed, first of all by those lucky Bluebirds, they have their own hot tub !!!. Ans then by the Hawk.
All the best Gordon.

Christian Weiß said...

Great to ahve a heated bird bath and beautiful photos.

Sharon said...

Amazing photos of that Red-Shouldered Hawk, Connie.

bailey-road.com said...

Love the shots of the bluebirds. They really flock to that heated birdbath. The hawk is such a beautiful bird. Catching prey is not so easy.

bettyl-NZ said...

The birds look so amazing against the snowy background. Lovely shots!

Wally Jones said...

Simply outstanding photos!

Love the blue on white at the spa!

The Red-shouldered Hawk is magnificent!

Very nice work!

livingrealblog said...

These are all wonderful. I especially love the blue birds. Can't even imagine seeing so many all at once. I'd forget to shoot!! Your blog is lovely. Found your link at Lisa's.

Nancy said...

Those blue birds are just so precious and I know they enjoy their heated birdbath....These shots are awesome...

Jen said...

I hope the hawk finds a nice fat rat to dine on and can leave the pretty bluebirds alone.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh you know I love those Red-Shouldered Hawk images, just remarkable shares. Those Sweet little Bluebirds, bless them. We have been receiving Bird KY alerts in e-mails all week that their numbers are plummeting and missing in action around here. We will not realize how bad the situation until Spring arrives. This has been a very brutal Winter for the birds and any food source placed, you cannot place a placard saying which birds get to partake of...all we can do is try and lift them up~

Gunilla Bäck said...

The hawk is a very beautiful bird.

lost said...

So beautiful. Your photos and words are amazing. Thank you. You do God's work justice.

Stewart M said...

Great shots - the blue bird bath is wonderful - and I also like the post about the bandit squirrel!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jennifer Richardson said...

what amazing images!
heart throb photos of each
big of beauty...thank you.
-Jennifer

Ela said...

Lovely photos of the birds :)

Marko Marciento said...

Super pictures!!!