Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - Hawks in the the sky

As I came out of Wal-Mart Wednesday, I spotted some seagulls flying over the parking lot. Before I got to my van (and camera), they disappeared over the building. But then I noticed a low flying hawk on the other side of the parking lot, so that's where I went. Standing on the bank above the Monocacy River flood plain, I watch as first one and then a second and third magnificent bird circled slowly back and forth above the drainage pond below. I was using my zoom lens set at 200mm. None of these photos has been cropped. The second and last were auto color corrected to remove haze. For a few more hawk photos, see my Wednesday post on Lew's Pics.




14 comments:

Wren said...

Magnificent, aren't they? Even when I fear for the smaller birds, I am awed by the grace and beauty of the raptors.

Guy D said...

Those are fantastic, the last one should be framed and hung on a wall.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

The Arthur Clan said...

I really love all of your SWF photos, but that last one is spectacular! Wowza!

RuneE said...

Impressive bird picture indeed - especially the last one!

babooshka said...

These are fabulous catches. Never got so close.

Patricia said...

They look so magnificent and powerfull! Free as a bird (of course) :)
Happy SWF!!

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The Good Life in Virginia said...

awesome capture of the hawks this skywatch week.
thanks for sharing with us.

Mary said...

Lew, these are amazing! They are such fascinating birds, and you have captured their beauty so well. The second photo took my breath away. Wonderful!

imac said...

Amazing captures Lew.

fishing guy said...

Lew: Neat captures of the birds on wing, nicely done for SWF.

Gretchen said...

Beautiful shots! It's not easy to get clear shots of bird flying. Great captures!

John said...

Those are beautiful photos, Lew!

Sara G said...

Great photo's Lew. Thanks for commenting on my eagle photo's. It was a beautiful site and will be a new favorite place of mine to visit each trip back to Iowa!!
Take care

Arija said...

Great skyhawks. The last one is a killer.