There are two types of hawks here in New Zealand and I confess that I have no idea how to tell them apart since they are so similar. So I just call them all 'hawk.'

I sneaked up on this lovely hawk through an opening in the hedge
 after we saw him fly into the paddock and Hubby instinctively stopped the car :)
The soft click of the camera made him/her fly away just seconds later.

This juvenile was having dinner in the rain.

Nature Notes

Keeping it Real


Angie said...

I would be happy to get shots like these, and the least of my concerns would be knowing their names!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Superb birds - whatever sort they might be. I enjoyed your photos of them.

italiafinlandia said...

Nice captures...whoever they are!

rupam sarma said...

Great clicks.

Out on the prairie said...

wow!!!!! they see that camera "eye" and usually fly off fast.

carol l mckenna said...

Absolutely magnificent shots of the 2 type of hawks in New Zealand ~ they are beautiful feathered friends!

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Rambling Woods said...

There are two very similar hawks here and I call them hawk too.. Great captures of your hawks..Michelle

Amy said...

I don't know the different types of hawkes either but they sure do a good job of cleaning up our roads.

Taken For Granted said...

Terrific photos of these hawks, especially the ones of them flying away. They are magnificent birds.

Phil Slade said...

I found this Betty. Looks like a Swamp Harrier it is.

"There are four species of raptors that are native to New Zealand. Native meaning: that they naturally occur and breed in New Zealand (opposed to being deliberately or accidentally introduced).

Each of these species fulfils a unique role in our ecosystem making them vital to the maintenance of a healthy New Zealand environment.

The New Zealand Falcon specialises in chasing live prey.
The Swamp Harrier is usually seen slowly quartering the landscape for food.
The Morepork Owl feeds largely on insects within forested landscapes.
The Barn Owl occurs in open farmland habitat."

chickenruby said...

gorgeous photo, regardless of what they're called #keepingitreal

David M. Gascoigne, said...

The bird in your pictures is a Swamp Harrier and the second picture is about as classic a picture of an adult bird as it gets. Nice series of images. I have seen this species in Australia, but I have never had the pleasure of visiting New Zealand.

Debbie said...

Hi, stunning photographs! Hawks are such magnificent birds. The only one I ever managed to photograph well was a sparrowhawk that landed in the garden with a damaged wing. To get such good photos of hawks in the wild? I take my hat off to you.

Thank you for popping by and linking up with #keepingitreal.


Soma @ inkTorrents.com said...

Great photos! Thanks for blurring the food :)