Thursday, February 12, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Snow Day!

On Monday the High Country sparkles with the promise of impending snow...



Sycamore Canyon Neighborhood 7:03 AM

...which fell soft and silent in the wee hours of Tuesday morning...



Birds at feeder 7:12 AM

...bringing dozens of feathered pilgrims to the bird seed cafe...


Cooper's hawk 7:30 AM

...until this phantom appeared, dropping like a bullet from the misty sky, a ghost with talons looking for prey...













...but dinner was not served for him at the bird seed cafe...




Goldfinches 12:22 PM

...and as the morning sun grew stonger and the sounds of dripping filled the air the birds returned to feeding...




Birds at feeder 3:20 PM

...and all memory of the hunter melted with the snow.

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(click on any image to enlarge for the best view)

Photography courtesty of Kathie Brown with the Nikon D80 and the 70 to 300 mm lens.


27 comments:

BirdingMaine said...

Beautiful series of photos!

Love the Cooper's hawk!

Kallen305 said...

Wonderful photos. Love the first sky picture, the picutre of the hawk and the one with the goldfinch flying.

Diane C. said...

Delightful story and pictures! Love your ending, "...and all memory of the hunter melted with the snow."

Lynne said...

BEAUTIFUL Coop pix!!!

jalynn01 said...

I love it when a Cooper sits close enough to get good shots like you did. He sure is hunting for a meal. Beautiful hawk!

Quiet Paths said...

Wonderful, lovely, life giving snow! And a beauty of a Cooper's there. Great photos, as always.

Deborah Godin said...

That Cooper's looks rather nonplussed by the snow! Great shot!!

Gaelyn said...

Very nice post, as always. Great captures and prose. The hawk is awesome to see, but I'm glad it went away hungry at your cafe.

bobbie said...

those clouds above the neighborhood look really threatening! Come to think, so does the hawk.

Pickett said...

WOW you guys got snow! I must say I am sick of the stuff and more than ready for Summer. I love all of you photo's they are always so amazing

Kathy said...

Kathie great photo's. That hawk is a beautiful bird. Thats neat you were able to get a picture of him.

Alan said...

Great photos Kathie!! Especially enjoyed the sky with the blue mountains and the hawk!

Guy D said...

Great shots, I especially like the second one with the storm clouds. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Sally in WA said...

Loved the hawk pics. Great ones!

Larry said...

Kathie, I must reiterate what Diane stated. As I read your post and looked at your beautiful photos (great sky, awesome Cooper's captures) I was captivated by the story and the last line is perfect.

Well done! Thanks for sharing.

T and S said...

Those images of the Cooper's Hawk are beautiful with crisp feather details. WOW...Thomas

denapple said...

This is the way it should be. Beautiful quiet snow, which melts after you've taken pictures of it. And hawks that come to pose right outside your window. You are living a charmed life, my friend!

nina at Nature Remains. said...

I like the sequence of the hawk looking from side to side. It really gives the feeling of his command of the situation!
And so glad for your snow--enjoy!

Doug Taron said...

Wonderful hawk series. I've never been in Tucson when the snow level was that low- cool pictures!

Tammie Lee said...

I enjoyed your tale as much as the wonderful images you captured!

Janie said...

what great hawk photos! And beautiful blue mountains in the first picture.

Celeste said...

Kathie your photos always take my breath away, enjoy your bit of snow, it looks so pretty.

Abe Lincoln said...

I like your Coopers Hawk photos.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and to your family from me and Patty.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Wren said...

Great hawk photos, Kathie. They are beautiful birds, but they can clear the yard out very quickly.

Warren Baker said...

Wow! What great photo's, Ive just found your site, because of the Feb. bird count. I'll be back from time to time. Count me as a follower!!!

Dee said...

oh goodness! I would die to get pictures like those of the hawk! Amazing beautiful bird!

Denise said...

Incredible series of photos. Kathie, I have been seeing hawks all over the place this weekend. They look like a Gyrofalcon but am not sure. Very frustrating because they're always on telephone wires near heavy traffic. I looked all over the woods to see what birdlife I could get but not one bird, and then coming home, one after the other all sitting on wires or or high tree limbs very near to the main roads where it was impossible to stop to take photos.