Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson
Phippsburg, Maine, United States
April 05
Queen Mum
Out Of The Blue
I'm a photographer, writer and gardener. I live on the coast of Maine. I live with a husband, dogs and a cat. I used to live with children but they grew up and left. I'm thankful for all of these things.

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 22, 2011 1:15AM

FLYday - Red-tailed Hawk

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Red-Tailed Hawk Take Off

Red-tailed Hawk Lift Off
Red-tailed hawk lifting off, then taking off from tree branch, Randolph, Maine April, 16, 2011

An homage to what our feathered friends do best, fly.

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Excellent shots of a magnificent creature.
I second Pilgrim's motion.
Marvellous ! Thank you for sharing.

And..... well worth an Editor's Pick.
That a creature can move through the atmosphere unaided except by its own physiology has never ceased to capture my awe and imagination. It's a kind of magic I've always desired and could never accomplish except in dreams. It's wonderful to see it in action.
oh, happy belated birthday
Wow! Thanks you guys! I've been gone all day and this could not have been a more splendid thing to come home to, an Editor's Pick AND all you guys, too! Thank you all so very much!
You get the most amazing pictures. Are they digital or do you scan them afterward?
Hawk and Prey

The great red-tailed hawk
rips to shreds a pigeon in the park.
He waited hours for this moment,
eye, wing, and leg perched to strike
from atop a huge clock tower.
Around and above him loom young birches
spreading their branches like wings.
Across from this, a courthouse, doors agape,
dispenses justice with an iron talon.

Behind the park, a bank cupola points toward the sky,
its monolith a shadow spread across the afternoon.
Before any symbol of commerce stood,
generations of red-tailed hawks
fed on the weaker, inferior prey,
as this hawk feeds on a pigeon now
under the trees.

People walk by this scene as if blindfolded.
They forget not long ago they lived in trees,
prey to whatever hungry creature
chose to snatch them from a bower.
Now they would judge, doubt, and blame
with a steady finger; wage endless,
bloody war, yet call all death evil.

The red-tailed hawk feasting in the park:
This is the truth of the universe.
Yes I saw the word magnifient on the post down below, it is perfect to describe the Red Tail Hawk you have taken pictures of.
Those aren't easy shots to get. Very nice. From hawks to hummers they are all beautiful.
Susie, Thank you for the great compliment. I shoot digitally and generally this kind of shot it taken with a Canon 100-400mm telephoto lens. I am always looking for stuff when I'm out and about. This was a good example as I was driving and saw the bird on the tree limb. I turned around and parked the car, then waited. Knowing the signs of when the bird will lift off gives me the best advantage for that crystalline moment when the bird will make to fly.
mrtmaninri, Wow! That's quite a poem. Thank you. I always look for the 'wild' in my wildlife subjects, though I too appreciate the irony of where the specimen may be in relationship to man's hand. This bird was photographed totally in the wild hunting a field from that tree.
Rodney, Thank you. They are ALL hard shots to get, even the perched, 'still' ones! I am a very patient woman. "Persisten," some would say, though I find that to be a dressed up word for "pig headed" sometimes!
Oh yes that is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful bird, by the poet Mrtmatrini, I enjoyed many of his figures of speech and his spectrum of laws and talons, both could be quite lethal. I also enjoyed his sense of flawless nature that this rather bird creature has the agility it needs and perception to know when to attack it's prey. So significant in making critical decisions upon human knowledge and animal instinct.
Uh, Ya, ditto that, MomSaComic. What you said there. Kidding aside, I do agree totally.
beautiful framing - rated with hugs and a biiiiiig happy smile :) you have such wonderful eyes
Beautiful...what more could I say?
That they do quite well, with seeming effortlessness. Magnificent. And magnificently photographed against troublesome back-lighting.
"Troublesome backlighting" indeed, Brassawe! Yes, a hard capture with milky crummy light, for sure. Thank you. Rolling, what a nice compliment! Thank you. And Christine, thank you, too for looking and commenting.
A magnificent bird of prey! Excellent photographs of a remarkable creature.
ValD., thank you very much. My promise is that I'll keep them coming! Well, it's very foggy here right now, so I'll have to wait for it to lift and then look skyward. Have a great day on the planet. I know I will.
Lunchlady, thanks very much. Haven't heard from you in a while and lovely to once again.
great action shots, where do you find these hawks?
Those are wonderful photos! Congrats on getting such good shots!
Indelible Ink, Christina and Rachel,
Great to have 'new faces' reading! Thanks very much for the views, compliments and comments. In answer to the question about where do I see these birds: In Maine, they are mostly migratory (a few crazy ones may hang around for the winter). Spring, Summer and Fall there are loads of them around. They are a big bird, so their form stands out where they perch, mostly in trees. This one was on the edge of a big meadow that's on an old farm, just as Indelible said. The tree is located 40 miles north of me, but I always look when I go by for raptors there. I have often been rewarded, too and the day I took these shots, especially so.
Excellent pictures. Here in London we get a lot of Pigeons which create a real mess and with their droppings. I reckon a couple of Red-tailed hawks will do a great job at scaring them away.
Pestcontrolman, thank you very much. These big raptors don't live where pigeons do around here, though. I did once photo one atop the roof of a dormitory on the University of Massachusetts campus. There was a resident pair there. And come to think of it, very few pigeons!
Pestcontrolman, thank you very much. These big raptors don't live where pigeons do around here, though. I did once photo one atop the roof of a dormitory on the University of Massachusetts campus. There was a resident pair there. And come to think of it, very few pigeons!