Friday, January 26, 2007

In My Own Backyard

When I went out to get my mail awhile ago I saw this on the telephone pole right behind my house. I figured he'd be long gone by the time I got my camera, but he waited for me!

I went in my neighbor's driveway to try and get closer. I sure wanted him to turn around, but he was watching the bayou for dinner, I guess.

I ended up in my own backyard and shot a half dozen or so before the sound of the shutter made him take flight.

We see some very interesting birds right here in my neighborhood and according to my mailing address, I live in Houston. 6 million people and counting and the wildlife all trying to live in peaceful coexistence. Scratch that, the people are killing and maiming one another constantly...

After I downloaded the pictures to my computer I "cheated" with some color enhancement, cropping and magic.


Lainey said...

Beautiful! I love birds, especially in the winter.

Jim said...

That's so cool. I love the big birds.

One winter here at Pine Gulch we had a pair of young hawks that would sit on the back fence every day to hunt and eat. I decided to get a really good close-up photo, so I set up the camera on a tripod right by the fence, set to shoot a photo every 60 seconds. I ended up with a handful of good photos.

TxGoodie said...

Hey, Lainey, how's it going! Good I hope!

Good picture, Jim, thanks for sharing the link! Right behind my casa is the beginning of Greens Bayou and lots of birds just love fishing in *my* crick!

Attila The Mom said...

What is that...some kind of hawk?

TxGoodie said...

Hi, Mom.... I'm pretty sure it's a red-shouldered hawk. I've seen many of them over the years, but this one was closer to me than any before. I've also got a pair of huge owls that will call back and forth at night. They are much more difficult to photograph, darnit.