Tuesday, April 24, 2012

At the Bird Feeder- Take 3

Look at who was at my bird feeders!!! Not after the seed, but after the rabbit at the feeder.




It pooped at me!





OMG! Seriously this just happened.  I picked up my son from school and as a reward for being such a good boy (and because we had just gotten gift certificates) we went out for frozen yogurt at OMG! yogurt.  We pulled up to the house and I gasped at who I saw at my bird feeders.  Both of these birds could care less that I was walking up on them to get their pictures.  I left the kids in the car and slowly creeped my way up to them.  The big turkey voulture (is that what it is please help WBW).  Took off, but not the other one.  I got closer and it flew up to the basketball hoop. 

It accidentally dropped the rabbit it had in its talons and stayed perched up on the basketball hoop. The volture flew up to the chimney (both at my neighbors house).  OMG! my heart was beating so fast the closer I got.  I know I could have gotten even closer, but I didn't want to get too close to the rabbit. 

The volture took off flying in slow circles and then like a bat out of hell dive bombed about 10 feet from my head at a speed that seemed like a million miles an hour.  I had no clue they could be so fast.  Then it soared back up.  Oh was my heart pumping.

So please help me I feel like such a fool, for not knowing exactly these birds are please please help me!  I am guessing it is a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk, but I am not sure.


BTW- How excited am I that I have a link to share my pictures with and people that I think will be as excited as I am!

I am also shareing with This or That Thursday


19 comments:

Debbie said...

haha Andee, the first one is a hawk, the second is a turkey vulture. you got some amazing captures!! I will look up the hawk when I get home, there are several different kinds!!

Andee said...

Thanks Debbie! I wish I had your lens to get some pictures of these guys! They were not what I was expecting at my feeders.

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Michael said...

such a menacing look in that first one!

Carole M. said...

what a moment for you, and now us. Thanks so much for sharing on your blog; fascinating photos and action; well done!

mick said...

What a great thing to happen right in front of you but I think I'd be a bit scared to have a bird as big as that one so close to me.

Carletta said...

Two in one place - oh my, you were so lucky!!
You did well not to panic and it paid off with some excellent shots!
Right place, right time!

fjällripan said...

These photos are just fantastic!! Great sighting :)

fjällripan said...

Fantastic photos of this beautiful bird!!

Lori ann said...

awesome! i would have been beside myself too andee, that hawk is gorgeous. you took some beautiful photos, just fantastic.

heyBJK said...

Wow, Andee, this is so cool! You got some fantastic shots! I love these! Raptors are my favorite birds.

Lori ann said...

you know when they poop they are going to fly!

HansHB said...

Great shots, - lovely to see this post!
Happy World Bird Wednesday to you!

Heather aka Proud Mama said...

That is so stink in' cool! My kids and I have been keeping track of a red tailed hawk on its nest near Cornell via webcam. Its eggs just hatched. This is so much cooler to see in real life!

TexWisGirl said...

not sure on the hawk i.d., but you got some great shots of him and his competitor. :)

Elena said...

Don't you just love opportunities like this. You got some fantastic shots! I can't believe it actually pooped ;o)

Susan said...

Just amazing shots...

Funny too.

Blessings♥

Deborah said...

oh, aren't you the lucky one! fabulous!

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

Fantastic shots! Pretty amazing that they were both at your feeder. I've been wanting to get a picture of a vulture, but so far no luck.