Monday, March 1, 2010

Rough-legged hawks harassing Great Horned owls

Last week while checking out some Great Horned owls, I located the male and finally located the female on a nest.  Yes, they start nesting in February here in Idaho.  Here is the male.


The nest is very high in a tree, and I could not get a good picture of it.  Soon two Rough-legged hawks started circling the owls.  Here is a light morphed Rough-legged.

And here is the dark morphed Rough-legged hawk.  They appeared to be a pair, but not sure.  They perched is the dead trees around the owl nest and the male owl kept a good eye on them.




Just some more wildness in Idaho.  Have a great week.


14 comments:

Sunny said...

I really admire your skill at capturing such amazing bird pictures. Always delightful to see.
Sunny :)

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Your wildlife pictures put mine to shame that's for sure.You have convinced me that Idaho is z virtual wildlife paradise.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, Bill! It must have been excting to watch the hawks and owl.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That'd be a perfect day right there! Thanks as always for shariing it.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh you live in such an incredible area---to be able to see the wildlife up close and personal. I'm so envious....

Beautiful picture of the hawk in flight.
Betsy

Gabriella Szabev said...

Dear Bill

Thank you so much for your dear sentensies. Lovely.

Have a nice day!

Gabriella

Leenie said...

Nice photos, Bill, that takes a lot of patience and know-how to come up with such fine captures. The beauties of nature are always there, we just have to look around.

Kcalpesh said...

Superbly focused shots against a vibrant blue sky! Awesome!

Pixellicious Photos

Pam said...

You captured them beautifully, Bill. I would love to see some around here.

Snowcatcher said...

Stunning! Just love those crystal blue skies setting off the magnificent creatures, too!

troutbirder said...

Interesting situation that for sure!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi there Bill, thank you so very much for all the sweet tender love and care you brought me this week. I welcomed it with both my arms to wrap it and hold it close. And here I am a little bit better already. Love you for it!

And so do I the second picture. If only I could be her. I asume that thats the lady and the darker one is the guy. You've done a great job as usual Bill. I feel free when ever I'm flying into your space.
Sweet soft hugs from me to you pall.
Dagmar

The Early Birder said...

Hi Bill. Blue skies and great shots to compare the light and dark phase hawks. The light morph appears to have a very pale or non-existent tail band so I suspect it could be a juvenile. FAB.

Angie said...

Beautiful images Bill. Wow!