Saturday, February 7, 2009

The squeaky toy...

He sat in our oak tree, which is about 25 feet from our kitchen window...a very pretty guy!
Quite patient...maybe he was just enjoying our 50 degree temps we had today but I actually think he was watching the dog play with a squeaky toy. It would have been so interesting to 'really' know what was going on in his little mind.

He kept an eye on the dog as it ran around the yard..carrying and squeaking the ball!!
At one point I thought maybe he might join in on the fun game, as the dog was totally playing alone... Thank goodness our dog is 48 pounds and not a tiny dog!!!!!
The dog tossed the ball into the air and it rolled under the oak tree...

and then it rolled behind the oak tree...

Then he noticed me clicking away through the open kitchen window...
He immediately straightened his pose, gave me a serious look, that said, ahem... I really wasn't interested in the squeaky toy or furry creature at all!!
and the best part was that the furry creature with the squeaky toy was clueless that he was being watched from far above.

27 comments:

Gail said...

What photos! Amazing how he followed every movement and you captured it! Gotta love those eyes!

Shellmo said...

I love how he was interested in that toy! Perhaps he thought the squeaky toy was potential prey? great shots!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Cute pictures, Tina. Do hawks ever eat other things like squirrels or DOGS????? I hope not!!!

We must have a hawk lurking around our feeders since sometimes our birds will ALL disappear like crazy.

Love the pictures of the hawk watching that squeeky ball!!! Cute.

Hugs,
Betsy

dAwN said...

Somehow I think that cute doggie would love to play squeeky toy with that hawk.
Great captures.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wow!THose are some fantastic pictures.May you have a wonderful day.
Blessings,Ruth

George said...

I loved the pictures and commentary. Very well done!

NCmountainwoman said...

What a fun post! I'm sure that was exactly what the hawk was thinking. Great photographs.

Chris said...

Hi Tina,
Simply amazing... He was standing still there and just waiting for the dog to drop the ball!!! You got very nice shots of him... Congrats, he is wonderful!!!

Neal said...

What great shots!

The Birdlady said...

Aww....He was probably wishing he were big enough to get the dog! (And the dog is, BTW, adorable)

fishing guy said...

Tina: That was a special capture of the hawk, what great eyes you captured.

Andy said...

Great series!

Kallen305 said...

Really nice hawk photos. I love the last one where it looks like he is frowning!

HANNIBAL said...

What a great post! Who knew the cooper would just watch instead of fleeing!

Bird Girl said...

My what gorgeous pictures of this handsome bird!!! I bet this bird was hoping that the squeaky toy was a MOUSE or a little BIRD! Haha - so funny! Or maybe he is just lonely and wants to make a new friend ;-)
Whatever the reason - you sure had one fantastic photo op!

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

If you coat the squeaky toy with peanut butter, then the squirrels will play with it...then the very menacing-looking, orange-eyed Cooper's hawk would be very interested...hmmmm...do mockingbirds like squeaky peanut butter toys? Super pictures, Tina!

jalynn01 said...

Oh how I loved every picture and every word of the story. That Hawk had so many expressions and I loved the one where you say Ahem!and he is sitting up prim and proper! Great capture. and such a nice looking dog too!

Tina said...

Gail, yep those eyes have it!

Shelley, I wondered if he was looking for the source of that squeak!!

Betsy, I had a friend who had her ferret taken by a hawk..right off her patio!

Dawn, my dog is a big baby...he would run like the wind if that hawk came near him!! lol

Ruth Thanks! u too!

George, Thank you very much!

Carolyn, Thanks

Chris..not sure what he was thinking..just didn't want him to fly at the dog!!

Neal, thanks!

Helen, Thanks for stopping by!

FG, good to hear from you!

Andy, thank you!

Kallen, Glad you liked the photos..it was fun to have him so close and posing!! ha ha

Hannibal, So glad all he did do was watch! Didn't think he would fly at the dog..but I didn't let it go on too long!

Barb, Gee, maybe they do get lonely..have to put the ball outside and see if he approaches... without the dog attached to it!

Dave, where do you get these great ideas Mr. Heiser??.. now how do I get that peanut butter on that mocker?? ha ha

Jane, thanks for stopping by, I think I have a pet hawk these days..he is here everyday, not so much sitting in my closest tree but in the yard somewhere...looking?? very hopeful..he sat on my deck this morning having cleared all the feeders...watching the yews and darn when he finally decided to walk under the yews a small bird did fly out!! He missed it but he knew!!

Lew said...

Great sequence of shots of the hawk. He does have that posing for the camera look at the end!

Philip said...

Excellent story and great pics I love the way you narated this well done! :)

Abraham Lincoln said...

Perfect series of photos. I like the way the Coopers Hawk is turned its head to follow the dog playing around with the ball. Nice.

Kelly said...

Very fun...a great series!!

T and S said...

Beautiful series Tina. The one where he's looking directly at you gives a near eye-level perspective which is captivating.

CountryDreaming said...

Those poses and facial expressions of both hawk and dog are just priceless! Your commentary brings this charming story to life. A real nice winter day brightener!

Eve said...

This is just so funny and a real treat Tina!!

Nick S said...

Wonderful look at him Tina :-)

Leedra said...

Boy, what a series. I would been scared about the dog, no matter how big. But you captured lots of great photos.

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