March 30, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: andor 2000, andorius, bank, banks, bird, birds, blackened, burned, burnt, cedar, coon rapids, current, currents, dam, dead, digital 2014, duck, ducks, electric, electrical, female, fishing, flight, floating, flow, flowing, flows, flying, forest, ice, icicle, icicles, icy, island, land, ledge, line, lines, male, mallard, mallards, man, melt, melting, midwest, minnesota, north, northern, old, pair, park, path, photo, photograph, photographs, photos, pic, picture, pictures, power, recreation, resting, ripple, ripples, river, rock, rocks, shade, shadow, shelf, shore, sky, snow, spring, stones, stump, sun, t4i, telephoto, tower, trees, twist, twisted, walk, walking, water, waxwing, wide angle, wings, winter, wooded, woods, yellow tail | Leave a comment
This beautiful hawk was clearly not happy about the amount of people stopping and walking toward it. I was more than happy to disturb it’s meal, considering it was on the side of a road. It was an intersection too, most of the people who drove by, turned around and came back. We spotted it and stopped immediately. Hastefully removing the wide angle lens from My camera and applying the hefty Sigma 70-200 2.8, since I did not think the bird would let us go near it. This large bird, which I believe is a ‘red tailed’ hawk, let Me within 15 feet or so before jumping up and perching in a nearby tree for a moment. I could feel a strong swirl of wind from the roughly 5 foot wing span as it took flight. Staying nearby as We humans went on our way, I assume it was going to swoop right back down on it’s kill. I admit the Mallard duck that it slayed looked quite delicious to Me as well, enjoy that fat meal bird. I hope no one hits it while it is feasting.. I see two or three of these birds of prey daily, never so close up though. They are much larger than one might think from seeing them perched atop a light pole on the side of the highway. What a magnificent semi-urban predator.
February 24, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 2014, afternoon, angry, angrybirds, avian, awesome, beak, bird, birdofprey, birdonbirdviolence, birds, brown, claws, close, close-up, curb, curbside, day, dead, deep, dinner, duck, dusk, eat, eaten, evening, feathered, feathers, february, fridley, grip, guarding, hate, how it should be, image, images, intersection, kill, killed, large, late, mallard, meal, mess, midwest, minnesota, mound, natural, nature, near, perch, perched, photo, photograph, pic, pics, picture, pictures, pile, pix, predator, predators, prey, rare, red, region, road, roadkill, selection, sharp, shooting, shot, shots, side, snow, span, street, sun, suprise, tail, twin cities, urban, way of the world, white, wild, wing, wings, winter | Leave a comment