Friday, April 6, 2012

Foreclosure

I got an inkling to investigate the Red-tailed Hawks nest I've been watching for several years. I have seen the mister and mrs throughout the winter, when I walk this particular trail but not so much lately and I thought they must be keeping vigil on a clutch of eggs. Since I mostly walk at sun and up the sun rises directly behind the only view of the nest which is WAY up there the only way to see is through the camera lens. I snapped a few pictures and zoomed to see if I had captured anything. I saw a big furry gray lump.


It was fairly large, say about the size of a small pet squirrel (or a little yorkshire terrier), I knew it was too early for hawk chicks, what???


Look hard at this shot, see her?? Wow weeeee!


Awww the chick! I think there might be four of them.


Great Horned Owls are fierce hunters, also known as the tiger with wings. I climbed through the bushes and up an embankment for this shot.

Sweet little nest stealers..


Later on I looped back and saw her out of the nest, the sun higher in the sky now.


I went back up this morning, right before sun up.


Everybody appeared to be sleeping off a long night...what can I say but these things thrill me.


I also want to wish you a wonderful weekend, a happy Easter or Passover. I hope you have a chance to get out there to fill your pockets, stuff them, be greedy, "seek and ye shall find".

Love, Ro

19 comments:

  1. ooh you had a sacred moment this morning didn't you!
    wonderful tight shots.
    I love spring!
    xo

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    1. I know you love the spring.
      scary word I know :)

      Happy Easter Deb !

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  2. Truly glorious. Those babies are huge!
    xx
    julie

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  3. Gorgeous! What a find...

    We recently took a drive to Norco where the Bonnet Carre Spillway is located and chanced to find a (molting) juvenile bald eagle and another in flight. But, we didn't have the right camera with us in order to truly capture our accidental birdwatching.

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    1. It sounds really wonderful, you have it in your mind, I bet you pull it out and think about that special time.

      I know how it is though without a camera or dead batteries or the wrong lens, a little frustrating...

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  4. I took my (new) iphone to lunch w/me today, last week I still had a flip phone or clam shell as hubby liked to call it & i read your post...this post! I tried commenting twice but to no avail as I don't see it here. Well, then, here goes:
    MAGICAL discovery!
    WONDERFUL find: feather, nest, babe & all! YAY more GHO's to fly in your sky!

    Have a great Easter weekend, Ro!

    PS: i caught the reference to your "nickname" a few posts back...elephants in the photo, HAH!
    XO

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    1. Oh congrats on new technology Nancy, I still have a clam shell myself.

      I knew you would love those owls, I'm so happy you saw them.

      HA! I am the goofball..

      Happy Easter, xoxoxo

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing with us, the pics were fantastic I love it so cool.

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  6. I really wish I could camp under that tree and see what they do all night. I want to be the Jane Goodall of owls. I love them!

    Have a fun weekend Nancy...

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  7. Lovely discovery Ro....they are amazing little owl babes...that hawks nest must be like a mansion to them....lots of room for everyone....gently lived in. Happy Holiday weekend!

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    1. Oh Hi Sue, I knew you would love it too, wall to wall fluff!!

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  8. What a wondrous find, Ro. I would have been giddy with excitement! I love the shot of the not-so-little chick looking directly at you. (He/she has its mama's/papa's eyes!)

    Happy Easter!

    xxx

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    1. Aren't they something special! Easter Owls!!

      Those baby owl faces are TOO much!!

      xoxo

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  9. WOW WOW WOW !!!!!!

    This is so cool. Fantastic! Oh my gosh, what wonderful photos. Thanks for climbing up the embankment even to get ANOTHER great shot!!

    I'm with you -- these things thrill me. Big time.

    Thanks for sharing it ♥.

    xxxooo
    P.S. Happy Easter weekend from our house to yours!

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    1. I KNOW, I KNOWWWWW :)

      That tree is so high Lisa and I was so excited I wanted to get a closer look!

      Thrilled I am..

      Happy Easter to you and yours!!

      xoxo

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  10. What an amazing find! Thank you for sharing your photos with with us. Happy Easter

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    1. You're welcome Evie, I heard you finally had a dry day to celebrate! Happy Easter! xo

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  11. Jealous! I would love to have some owls residing in our trees...love them! So cute!

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