big birds ~

Sesame Street has it's Big Bird ... and I have mine ... the eagles, ravens and hawks :)

They fly down to dine on the beaver carcasses that we had from trapping season. We put them out in the woods to discard of them; and put a trail camera on them to see what cleans them up.   To save you the displeasure of seeing the gory beavers I tried to crop and clone them out of the pictures ... and just leave the birds ... thus the reasoning for some of the funky looking ground they are standing upon.

I was hoping to get some pictures of wolves, coyotes, bobcats or bear ~ but the card filled up fast with hundreds of photos of crows and ravens flying past it ... oh well ... it is what it is.

I think this one is a juvenile red tail hawk ... but not sure.  I do know it's some kind of hawk though and not a juvenile eagle by it's beak and the white feathers on it's legs.  It's also a bit smaller than the female or juvenile eagles.
notice the difference ... this is a juvenile eagle ... note the heavier beak and brown leg feathers ~
nice wing span ~

The eagles and hawks are such awesome birds and I feel very privileged to be able to see them flying over the house on a daily basis and to be able to capture them in the wild on the trail camera when I can.

The following three photos are from two years ago ... I just thought I'd share them again ~ just because I can :)

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. wow! that 2nd to last photo is superb! lucky you to see these guys and gals!

  2. They are beautiful. Good thing to do with the unwanted meat. I imagine the critters are glad to get them following winter. Helen

  3. Could it be a rough-legged hawk?

  4. You and your wildlife... I'm so envious!

  5. Ah ha! I guess I learned something, Juvenile must mean young, huh? Do the have any delinqunts up there? LOL

    Loved the pictures, I always get a kick out of the trail cameras. I had never heard of them until I started reading the Northern Girl's blogs.

    I have learned a lot since first seeing a blog called 'Up North with Mel'

    Love from South CArolina!!!

  6. RE: Judy and Emma ~ I believe you're right on it being a Rough Legged Hawk. Thank you!

  7. Hi Mel, It's great to hear from you. I miss you and Dar... Hope you both are doing well.

    Love your BIG birds... That is so neat--having a camera out there in the woods... The Eagles especially are so special... Thanks for sharing.

  8. The eagles are majestic, indeed but I love the HAWKS. WONDERFULphotos. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Such awesome birds, I am so happy you shared your wonderful pictures of them.

  10. Mello, You captured some awesome shots of the 'big birds' of our northwoods. The hawk is so cool- I think he/she must be one of those delinquents, like Jack thinks. I still love the Eagle with it's head cocked, and the one with his back to the camera. You need to paint that one on that black beaver cool.

  11. Great bird pics!
    'love & hugs from afar'