Shutterbug Saturday: Feathers 3.0

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I love watching and listening to the birds. They are fun and fascinating. A few evenings ago, I was sitting in one of my Adirondack chairs I have in my yard. They are underneath a very large Hackberry tree. This tree is huge and old. As I was enjoying the sunset and journaling, I heard tapping…above my head. Then, I noticed dust-like material gathering in my lap, my pages and on my phone (and, no doubt, on my head). I looked directly above me, which was not an easy task in a high-back chair. Yes. It was a small woodpecker. This little thing had the entire tree to beat its beak into but, decided to do its routine…directly above me. I struggled to get shots but, I got a few. That will be for another post in the future.

Part I
Part II

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All Photos Are My Personal Collection
Invasion of the Buzzards
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As carrion eaters, they are the clean-up crew.
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I never saw what they were after.
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I guess they have bodyguards or scouts.

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They hung out for a while.
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Caught this beauty from the kitchen window (six years ago, tomorrow).
Sadly, all of those trees had to come down last year.
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I think this is a juvenile.
But, a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned, I’m not sure.
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Drake & mate(s) in a park in Central Texas.

9 thoughts on “Shutterbug Saturday: Feathers 3.0

    badfinger20 said:
    March 2, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    I’ve known people to “collect birds”… have a book and when they see one write it down and start hunting for them until they find them all.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 3, 2019 at 2:35 AM

      There are ‘bird people’. They research them, follow them, watch them and know all their latin names. I’m not THAT geeky. LOL!

        badfinger20 said:
        March 3, 2019 at 2:43 AM

        Ah come on!
        No it actually is interesting.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          March 3, 2019 at 1:55 PM

          I confess that I do want to know what birds I see & hear. Some calls are distinct. You immediately know what bird it is…Cardinals, Bluejays, Mourning Doves, Carolina Wrens…and, you can’t miss the chatter of a Mockingbird. But Latin classifications within a species or genus, not so much. 😊 I know it is for proper identification but, it kinda makes my head hurt. 😖🤕🤯

            badfinger20 said:
            March 3, 2019 at 2:21 PM

            You wouldn’t need those details…Latin Classifications…now that would be a BIRD fanatic.

              The Hinoeuma responded:
              March 3, 2019 at 2:26 PM

              Ornithologists. Degrees on the wall…

    JT Twissel said:
    March 3, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    They don’t seem very shy, do they?

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 3, 2019 at 2:23 PM

      Buzzards? No. They will eat in the middle of traffic if they can. At least they don’t attack you like Mockingbirds.

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    March 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    I’m with you. As I have got older increasingly love watching and listening to birds. We went to a bird reserve. I just stood and nodded as son discussed birds with the bird spotters. Not a clue.

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