Harris Hawks lift off from my glove,
soar straight up in the sky to fly,
and land precisely back with Jim.
Flying hawks is incredible.
Lethal precision hunters,
they are woe to birdies in the sky,
and critters fleeing on the ground.
They are savage beauties,
and magnificent creatures.
Cheers to you from the Harris Hawks~
Stunning images. They always fly high in pride. Have a nice day CK.
Yes they do! They are proud creatures for good reason დ
Wow Cindy, your photography is so beautiful! Stunning photos. 🥰👍🏻
Aww… Your thoughtfulness is most appreciated John. Take good care დ
You’re welcome, Cindy. ☺️
They are beautiful determined birds. They also hunt in bird packs like feathered wolves.
Wow. That I haven’t seen. but I have seen them stack on top of each other on cacti is the broiling Sonora Desert დ
There has been quite a bit of research on their communal habits.
I will look it up….
They truly are magnificent and you’ve captured their savage beauty wonderfully!
So thoughtful of you Dale & so appreciated too. Cheers to you დ
Cheers to you, Cindy!
I did not know that, Tim!
I didn’t know either Rebecca. We learn things everyday from our fellow bloggers! დ
I was wondering only yesterday what treats you have in store for us – and what a treat these photographs are!
Aww…. So kind & so appreciated Anne. Thank you my friend and stay well დ
Grazie mille Lu დ
This is a magnificent bird. Thank you for these shots, Cindy.
SO, that’s is your glove? Amazing!
Any my skinny arm… I need to lift weights! 😉
Lol! Me too! 😉
OMG!! What spectacular photos of these raptors. Thanks for sharing them. 💛
You are so welcome Lynette. I love my friends who დ raptors! დ
Oh wow! What a great thing to experience!
Yes. They are so amazing especially up close and personal დ
Thank you Karen & cheers to you დ
So appreciated Jim. Thank you very much & cheers to you დ
Thank you very much დ
Just wow – they’re gorgeous and powerful but look at those talons. I bet prey never knows they’re coming! Were they heavy or hard to hold on your wrist? Thanks for sharing this experience with us!
One of the most amazing things about raptors is their silent approach. I have been dived by harrier hawks and great horned owls. They are silent, especially the owls. An owl ruffled my hair as he dove at me. It was a warning. He could have easily hurt me. I never knew he had launched until I felt his air currents ruffle my hair. Thrilling experience. They are so controlled დ
you lead the most interesting life Cindy.I envy this little part with these beautiful birds.
Creatures definitely enhance my existance. Hugs back to you David & I am happy you appreciate these birds. Take good care my friend დ
Beautiful images, how amazing to have them land on your glove!
Thanks very much. Raptors are the most precise creatures I have ever seen. They know exactly what they are doing. They are remarkable დ
Wow, amazing! 🦅
Smiling. Thank you very much & cheers დ
One might not be so far from right thinking you’re actually a bird come back to earth in human skin. I understand the “glamor” of these hawks, but also have an eye for the far flung flight of an albatross. Imagine months long flight never coming to ground or sea. Now that’s living in air (tho they land kinda like a brick). Confess too fondness for gulls, though know what a ruckus they can make – love them anyway.
Happy wings for you Cindy.
I have followed many albatross and they are magnificent pelagic birds. They were particularly amazing crossing The Drake Passage into Antarctica, both there and back we had unusual calm skies. I also saw them nesting on Cape Horn. Magnificent creatures, living for years in ocean before they come ashore to nest. They follow the wakes of boats and glide on the air currents დ
Such magnificent predators you have captured them wonderfully…
Love that you love them Carol & thank you დ
They are incredible birds! How lucky that you were able to get up so close. And we are lucky that you had your camera!
Aww…. So nice of you Janis & so appreciated too. Thank you my friend & cheers დ
The new comment button seems to have gone AWOL so I’m piggybacking here – sorry! You reeled me in with that wonderful first shot. What a stunning series of photos of this exciting bird.
Raptors are exciting creatures to be around. They are so controlled, so precise, so lethal. Cheers to you Margaret & thank you my friend დ
You’ve captured their power and magnificence beautifully, Cindy
So thoughtful and so appreciated Sheree. Stay well my friend დ
Thank you Cindy and you too
I wouldn’t want to be their prey. No escape! Fabulous, Cindy!
No. I wouldn’t either. But at least it is fast. Thank you Jo & cheers to you დ
Oh my goodness, you are living one of my dreams to fly a hawk.
How wonderful are those photos.
I had the next best thing on Tuesday if this week.
A Sparrow Hawk sat on my garden fence.
He frightened all the Sparrows into hiding and complete silence in my shrubs.
He flew away empty beaked . Thank you so much for making my morning xx 😘
How wonderful to see this! I am happy for you. Falcons have the same effect. If every bird instantaneously vanishes from our feeders, I know a falcon is in the air and I go out to look at him. Eerie experience დ
Grazie mille დ
Wow! Amazing photos of these noble creatures. What a great close up experience for you.
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Darlene დ
absolutely beautiful … thank you for these wonderful images
Thank you more for your kind appreciation დ
Magnificient shots, Cindy.
Obrigada Isabel დ
Scary creatures well caught
Thank you Derrick & cheers დ
Klasse Fotos. Freut mich die zu sehen. L.G. Wolfgang
Vielen danke mein leiber Freund Wolfgang დ
Fantastic birds of prey. Strong and intense.
Yes, accurately descriptive adjectives Steve დ
Gorgeous photos and magnificent creatures indeed!
Thanks very much & I am happy you like them დ
What an absolute stunner. A handsome killing machine.
Yes indeed. A most graceful and lethal killer დ
They are such a glorious bird Cindy, they hold themselves proud. Great pictures and to hold one so close would have been a delightful encounter. Thank you for sharing dear lady, it was beautiful to see 😀❤️🙏🏽
Your thoughtful words make me happy I posted Mark. Thank you my friend & cheers დ
There’s a place here in Vermont which has a Harris hawk (https://www.woodstockinn.com/do/things-to-do/falconry). What surprised me most was when he hopped down into the long grass and caught an earthworm! I would never have guessed that a hawk would eat a worm. He really seemed to be showing off!
Now that is my kind of Inn. I would love to stay there. We have Swainson’s hawks that congregate in large numbers in the spring when the wild flowers bloom in the desert for the sole purpose of eating the catepillars that eat the flowers! We are going to see them next week დ
What beautiful and impressive creatures!
Recently I did see and hear an eagle flying in the free nature. It was an overwhelming experience!
Have a finde weekend and stay safe, dear Cindy!
Eagles are grace personified. Seeing them is an incredible experience. I am happy for you დ
These are incredible shots, Cindy. 🙂
Thanks so much my friend & take good care დ
Savage. Magnificent. Incredible. Wow.
Love to you & the family Sheila დ
Fine photos of amazing birds. Have you ever handled a hawk?
Thanks much & yes I have, many. Incredible creatures დ
Your photos capture the savage beauty of these birds perfectly! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bird soar straight up.
They wanted freedom which I completely understand. Thank you Liz & stay well my friend დ
Ahhh this must be an ad hawk post! Lol! Spectacular as always, my friend
Smiling. ♡ 🦅 Thanks my friend & cheers! დ
What an experience!
Yes! Time flies with birds დ
Cindy, these are the most amazing photos of hawks I have ever seen! We have a hawk in our backyard but I have yet to be within 100 ft of it.
Thank you so much. I am honored. Hawks are very smart which is why they are wary of people დ
Fantastic photos. They do have great eyesight, finding their prey.
Rather amazing creatures.
Yes, the most penetrating eyes that see right through you დ
Look at those eyes! Fantastic photos Cindy!
Thank you sincerely Eddie დ
so very welcome!
Today’s velociraptors… 🙂 beautiful birds, wonderful photos, Cindy!
Yes! Feathered dinos. Thanks much Eliza & take good care დ
I have been watching the hawks here diving down and they are amazing. Wonderful photos Cindy. The circle of life is something we all have to accept, even those little birds and rodents.
Yes, we do. Raptors have an important role to play in keeping the ecological balance. Watching hawks dive is simply incredible. I am glad you experience this Carla დ
Wow! Great shots!
Thank you very much დ
Hi Cindy, hawks are lots of fun to watch! There aren’t any Harris hawks by me, but we have lots of other species. I particularly enjoy watching the Coopers hawks, since they’ll sometimes land on the ground and chase their prey on foot. I believe Harris hawks do the same thing.
Do you ever see them mantle their prey? They will hold their ground. Hawks also stack, one on top of the other, which is amazing to see დ
No, I’ve never heard of mantling before? I’ll have to look it up!
Beautiful, majestic birds so masterly caught. Wonderful photos that really shows their nature and fierceness!
So thoughtful of you Leya and so very appreciated. Thank you & take good care დ
Those are beautiful and fierce looking hawks, and what a treasure to see them up close and fly them! 🦅
They are such fascinating creatures. They look at you with interest and a total absence of emotion დ
Wonderful post as usual, Cindy.
Merci beaucoup mon Ami დ
Magnificent, indeed! 😍🤎 And they’ve gotta eat, too 😉
Thank you Teresa. They do have to eat and they help maintain ecological balance. I included the least graphic prey photo დ
We have some type of smaller Eagle that hunts our neighborhood. They search f0r their pry so high in the air and they make make this screeching noise, like they are talking to one another. Great photos.
Watching raptors is so amazing. Do you ever see them dive? We have falcons here and their dives are so incredibly fast, like incomming missiles დ
yes, they have dived closer to me if I go outside. There are around 6-7 of them.
How wonderful. I would love to see them.
Marvelous photos and descriptions. Have you read H is for Hawk?
Thank you Rebecca & yes I read it. Wonderful book & remarkable author დ
Well done Cindy, you really captured the magic there.
Thanks very much Leslie & stay safe and well my friend დ
You as well Cindy..
Grazie mille Tiffany დ
Great pictures Cindy. These birds are so beautiful!
Thank you very much Neill and I am very happy you enjoyed them დ
I love that shot of the hawk taking flight off your glove. Majestic birds who exude strength and power!
So pleased you enjoyed them Bruce. There is something mysterious and dignified about hawks that is fascinating დ
The first picture is impressive. It looks awesome how the hawk takes wing – bundle of energy and strength!
Thank you Alexander. I love all raptors.They are incredibly skilled creatures and are incredible to watch დ
You are right Cindy. They have some kind of magnetism, and you can watch them without getting tired for a long time.
What a thrill that would be to have a hawk land on my arm (as long as I’m not a mouse).
Smiling….. Yes, if a mouse, that would be a not good, very bad day, indeed! 😉
Scatti davvero superbi, d’un meraviglioso e indimenticabile rapace.
Sempre bellissimo il tuo blog.
Buon fine settimana e un sorriso,silvia
Grazie per la tua gentilezza, mio premuroso amica Silvia, e stai bene e al sicuro დ
Grazie a te, buon fine settimana e un sorriso
Grazie per la tua gentilezza
This bird is so amazing. Thanks Anita
I დ my friends who დ hawks!
Scatti straordinarimente belli d’un magnifico rapace.
E’ bellissimo il tuo blog, complimenti!
Grazie mille Silvia დ
Savage beauties, indeed, with a look that says: “Don’t mess with me.”
Exactly! They are creatures that demand respect დ
Cindy – a fabulous collection of photos. You know how to position the camera to offer us the very best view. I had never heard of Harris hawks before and when Tim suggested they hunt in groups, I had to find out more. Can you imagine that they have a wingspan of up to four feet, and can weigh up to three pounds. And yes, they are social birds and often hunt in groups of two or more, with each bird taking a different role in the hunt. We live among extraordinary creatures. Thank you for bringing us the best of Harris hawks.
We learn new things everyday from our wonderful blogging community. I love the co-operative hunting factoid. I would so love to see this! Thank you dear Rebecca & take good care my friend დ
All I can say is WOW!
I love that word! Thanks so much Noelle & cheers to you დ
Yes, they are magnificent creatures. Love the last shot especially.
I დ my friends who დ hawks! Thank you & be well დ
Grazie mille Marie დ
I think I’m in love… what faces… thanks Cindy…
Smiling…. I love hawk lovers! დ
Wow, what an incredible experience and such gorgeous up-close photos of these fierce birds!
Yes, being close with these amazing creatures is fascinating. Thank you Kathy & take good care დ
Stunning birds, Cindy! And one lifted off from your arm–what a cool experience!
Yes! Flying hawks is an incredible experience. Cheers to you Terri დ
How exciting for you, Cindy to take part in this and take the pictures!
Yes, thank you Michele. It is great fun დ
Awesome captures, Cindy! Wow…
I feel the same when I look at your photos Amy დ
Amazing. Incredibly beautiful.
Visa versa 2UX2 Gigi. Be well my friend დ
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Wow, what an experience!
Birds are such დ
What a stunner (s)he is!
Yes! We agree დ
Magnificent creatures, indeed!
We concur დ
So appreciated. Thanks very much & cheers დ
Amazing bird and your images, Cindy.
So appreciated. Thank you very much & cheers to you დ
Hawks are such majestic creatures. Your pictures are outstanding.
Thank you very much. They are so impressive and such technically skilled creatures დ
Nice close ups. Count your fingers!
Smiling… So nice to see you here! დ
Incredible photos! Those eyes look right into your soul!
Yes, as if they see every part of you and are not too impressed! 😉
It must’ve been grand launching a hawk from your hand.
Yes. It is so much fun & never gets old დ
What an incredible experience! Hawks are amazing birds of prey.
Yes, I fully agree with you Michele. They are stunning creatures, especially up close დ
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Thank you very much Charles & stay safe and well my friend დ
I think I’m justified in being a little scared of this big guy, Cindy! He’s definitely magnificent, but I’d hate getting caught by those claws and that beak!
I completely understand and empathize with your trepidation. He is built to intimidate and he succeeds დ
You are such a master of capturing movement, stillness and essence. Thanks so much Cindy for these stunning images!
Ahh….Your most thoughtful words make me happy I posted Val. Thank you my friend & cheers to you დ
Grazie mille Donna დ
You capture their beauty perfectly.
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Jennie დ
De rien, mon ami. 🙂
Wow! Fabulous photos, Cindy!
So appreciated Eugenia. Thank you & take good care დ
Always a pleasure, Cindy.
Jake is brave! Beautiful pic
He is! Thanks much my friend & cheers დ
Super shots, Cindy. The Harris hawks are stunning birds.
I just found your comment in my WP spam filter. Sorry for the late reply & thank you very much! დ
Fantastic. Are you a part of a birder’s group or you just follow your instincts or knowledge of where you will see the birds?
Thank you Lakshmi. I am a solo birder. I can’t imagine getting any acceptance of my presence with a wild bird in a group of people. I like being alone in nature. Thank you for asking Lakshmi & take good care დ
Incredible, Cindy!!!! Love these images 💖💖💖
So appreciated my friend. Thank you & cheers to you დ
Amazing. Yes, they are beautiful killers. And so useful. Their drastic decline in France has led to an explosion of rodents and other “pests”…
It must have been a unique experience to have one fly off yout -gloved- hand.
Raptors are so important for maintaing ecological balance and they are so wonderful to live among. Sad to hear about Europe დ
C’est la vie. Morons are on the increase. LOL…
Wow! Another stunning series, Cindy!
Grazie mille Amy დ
The wings look so powerful and strong! Great close up photos…get to see their distinct features. Thank you Cindy!
So happy you enjoyed my friend & you are most welcome დ
Truly magnificent and very beautiful 😍
Merci beaucoup mon Ami დ
Wow! These photos are all so amazing. You blow me away.
Awww…. So happy you enjoyed & Have a Wonderful Weekend! დ
Beautiful pictures. 😍
Thanks much Beverley & cheers my friend დ
An unusually up-close-and-personal take on falconing!
Happy you enjoyed Mitch & thank you for stopping by დ
Thank you! დ
BREATHTAKING, CINDY!! Wowsa!
Awww… Thanks so much Lorrie & wonderful to hear from you my friend დ
So appreciated Kelly დ
Impressive hawks. Beautiful photography, Cindy. ox