Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday's Critters #68

Saturday's Critters #68

Happy Easter Everyone and Happy Passover to those who celebrate.

Happy weekend, everyone!  It's Saturday and it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who has linked up in the past and for those who are linking in on this week's critter party. And of course I always appreciate my blogging friends stopping by just for a visit.



I am pretty sure this is Florida's Red-shouldered Hawk.


A Gopher Tortoise seen off a trail to the beach.  It is listed as under review in Florida.. Threatened by predation and habitat destruction..


The Gopher Tortoise is known to built burrows for 360 other animals like rabbits, armadillos, skunks, mice, snakes and lizards.


Another shot of the Red-shouldered hawk. I hope your enjoyed my critter post.. Thanks so much for visiting and as always for the nice comments..Wishing everyone a happy Easter Weekend and Happy Passover to those who celebrate.






Thanks to Tex Theresa aka Tex, I was able to add this link up button and thanks to  Jennifer for creating my photo badge.



To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.



87 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

I love your wildlife photos from your trip Eileen. Have a great weekend!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! The first photo is very cool. Sorry.My rectangular photo is not good. Thanks for sharing.

DeniseinVA said...

Happy Easter!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

The photos are great - I especially love the hawks.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Great shot of the tortoise and the hawk is a beauty. Happy Easter to you!

Cloudia said...

Dang! More winners!




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^

rainfield61 said...

The world is so big, but I have no critter to share.

Sara D.B. said...

What a handsome hawk and a cute tortoise!
Happy Easter, Eileen!

Noushka said...

Oh boy!
These shots of the Red-shouldered hawk are just fantastic!! It looks like no hawk here in France!
Gorgeous little fellow!
The tortoise too is great, it's been quite some time since I've seen one!
congratulations, Eileen!
Hugs from the other side of the ocean and enjoy this Easter weekend :)

Valerie said...

Love that first shot of the Hawk - thanks for sharing and Happy Easter Eileen.

Margaret Adamson said...

Great shots of both the Turtle and Hawk. Have a Happy Easter. Thanks for hosting.

Gunilla Bäck said...

The hawk is magnificent! I wish you a Happy Easter!

Sue said...

Hi Eileen
How neat to see that Gopher Tortoise.
It's a shame that they wait until something is in trouble before doing something.
Have a Happy Easter.

Rhonda Albom said...

What a cool link up. I found you on "Birding for Pleasure" and since I posted critters today, decided to link up. I love the turtles. So cool.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Red-shouldered Hawk looks very brave looking and sure they HAVE sharp-eyes, don't they☆☆☆
I'm happy I knew the word predation(^_^)v

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako

Elaine said...

Wonderful photo of the hawk!

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, I always love seeing hawks and your Red-shouldered beauty is awesome. Wonderful images of the gopher tortoise. Does it actually dig burrows for those other animals? Amazing post. Happy Easter to you and your precious family. Jo

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures, Eileen.
Great this Red-shouldered Hawk.
I wish you a happy Easter.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Eileen

At last I've made it!
What amazing photos of the Red Shouldered Hawk - it is a stunning bird and this looks like a young one.

For some reason I always feel sad when I see photos or watch wild life documentaries on the Tortoise - it is so vulnerable. Some live to a great age.
You are so lucky to see one in it's natural habitat, I've only seen them at the zoo.

Thank you for hosting Eileen and Happy Easter to you and yours too!
Shane x

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
What a fantastic shot of that bird. So great!!

Many greetings,
Marco

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Love the close-ups of the Turtoise, I never got that close to any of them :)
Have a fine weekend and a
Happy Easter!
【ツ】Knipsa

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love, love, LOVE the hawk images.

Have a blessed holiday Eileen.

lina@a happy family said...

Awesome birds. Love the tortoise.
Happy weekend.

A Quiet Corner said...

Hmmm...great shots of that Hawk, Eileen...crystal clear!...:)JP

Renee A said...

Thanks for letting us share our blogs! That Red-Shouldered hawk looks like a Coopers and Red-Tailed cross :) Have a great day!

Sandra said...

we have several red shouldered hawks in our neighborhood and the only gopher tortoise i have seen here is at jungle gardens. i love them and would love to see one in the wild...

TexWisGirl said...

neat hawk shots, and i like the tortoise. hope they will survive.

Debbie said...

boy eileen, you sure did get a lot of wonderful images!! the detail in the hawk image is amazing!!!!

have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Ranten said...

Great pictures of birds and animals! Happy Easter weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What great photos of the tortoise...he's fun to see out in the wild, too. I'm joining today! Thank you!!! Happy weekend! Hugs, Diane

Phil Slade said...

Brilliant shots of the hawk Eileen. The tortoise too - all those burrows certainly help other animals don't they?

Have a happy weekend and thanks for hosting the party again.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my heavens, each shot is marvelous!
Happy Easter~
Nancy

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, What I like about these critters is that we have one that may be one of the fastest, and one that may be one of the slowest. Neat to have them in the same critter Saturday post. Have great weekend! John

Sharon Wagner said...

Wow! That first shot is sharp. Have a wonderful Holiday weekend.

EG CameraGirl said...

I think it's great that you saw so much wildlife on your trip!

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

I am going to miss the beautiful Red-shouldered Hawks; we don't get them here in Colorado. Beautiful shots of your "critters"! Happy Birding Eileen!

Ela said...

Wow !!! Gorgeous shots !!!!!!!!
Eileen, I wish you a Happy Easter !!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant images you have right there, thanks Eileen.

Linda W. said...

Great shot of the hawk! Love his expression on your first photo. Nice pics of the turtles too.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!!
Wonderful pictures of the wild life,from your trip to Florida!Great shots of the Turtle and Hawk!Wishing to you and your family a happy Easter!!Enjoy!
Dimi...

Linda M. Carmean said...

The Red-Shouldered Hawk is wonderful! Loved the tortoise too! Great photos, Eileen!

Al said...

That hawk is awesome. I've never seen a tortoise in the wild.

Helma said...

Gorgeous photo of the Red-shouldered Hawk .. Never seen and therefore I am glad to see this with you.
Very nice Easter weekend.

carol l mckenna said...

Love the hawk and turtle ~ Wonderful shots as always!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Connie Smiley said...

That hawk is gorgeous, Eileen! Wonderful detail.

Karen S. said...

Wow such commanding proud and determined critters! Lovely captures.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fantastic photos of the hawk and the turtle.
Happy Easter to you !
Best regards, Synnöve

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I would love to see turtles like these in the wild, Eileen. It is so good to see them thriving. They have good defense against the hawks!

Wishing you and your family a very joyous Easter!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

NICE shots!

Stephanie said...

Fabulous shots of the Red Shoulder Hawk and Tortoise.

DougPhoto2009 said...

Eileen, may you and your family have a Happy Easter. Thanks for sharing.

Taken For Granted said...

Thank you for hosting this site. This is the first time I've posted here. Just happened that I had a critter photo today. Doesn't happen often.

Alexa T said...

Your up-close photos are amazing as always!! Many thanks for sharing these and a Happy Easter for you and family, as well! We're going to celebrate tomorrow the Palm Sunday and in a week, the Easter!
Thank you, one more time for hosting this great place! Warm greetings, Alexa

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Happy Easter Eileen...those are great shots...a cute hawk and a fabulous tortoise.

Anni said...

...thanks for sharing this by linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin'

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Brian King said...

Great shots of the hawk! The tortoise is rather handsome!

Our photos said...

Wow, thats nice ! I love the hawk !

Giga said...

I love birds, but also like turtles. Beautiful pictures. Regards.

Mary Cromer said...

For sure a Florida Red-Shoudered Hawk and would you believe, I heard them, but got no photos of them last month. Loved the entire post. Happy Easter Eileen~

Andrea Priebe said...

Yes indeed, the Red Shouldered Hawk ... they are so beautiful especially when they fly and you can see how colorful they are. I love the tortoise, slow and lumbering and yet indispensable in their environment. Beautiful pictures, Eileen.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Missy George said...

Great Hawk shots..Not familiar with that one..Sorry about the habitat of the Tortoise..very sad..Have a great Easter..

Happyone said...

Great photos of both the hawk and tortoise too.

sandyland said...

I'm in Sebring

Linda said...

Beautiful hawk! The more I see hawks, the more I admire them.

Betsy Adams said...

Great pictures of the hawk... They are gorgeous birds --although I don't want them near my songbirds at the bird feeders... Here, the Crows keep the hawks away most of the time...

I like the tortoises also. Great Post.

Happy Easter.
Hugs,
Betsy

The Yum List said...

Happy Easter! Ooh.. I love that shot of the tortoise heading into its hole.

Uppal said...

Such magnificence in images. Up and close lyricism. You're perfect in capturing at the right moment.
Some tips for the tottering like me if i may say so.

Hannah said...

The Red-shouldered hawk seems to be keeping his eye on you. The tortoise seems to be doing well, I hope they can make a comeback.

Wandering Wren said...

Hope you are having a lovely Easter Eileen! Love your tortoise, even more so knowing that he digs burrows for 360 other animals!
Wren x

Red Nomad OZ said...

That little hawk's a beauty!! Well ... I THINK it's little - or is it just the photograph??

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Awesome patterns on the Gopher Tortoise's shell!
Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!

Betty Manousos said...

happy easter!!
xoxo

Ileana said...

Wonderful captures! Enjoy your day!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

i love the turtle ... they are so huge. very cool. i wonder how old he/she is? ( :

laura.forestdreams:) said...

i love the gopher!!! and the hawk shots are great also!!

happy easter...and happy sunday!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Bom dia, desejo-lhe uma santa Pascoa junto com a sua família.
AG

John's Island said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Easter Eileen.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great couple of critters, Eileen. Someday I'll get some nice closeups of a hawk...someday!
~

EG CameraGirl said...

Hope you are enjoying a pleasant weekend and Happy Easter, Eileen!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Happy Easter, Eileen!!

Gayle said...

Nice shot of the Hawk. We have Red-tailed in our area. Saw a beauty in flight today.

Gayle said...

Nice shot of the hawk. We have Red-tailed in our area. Saw a beauty in flight earlier today.

Lee Ann L. said...

The raptors are amazing!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Beautiful hawk portraits! With all our involvement with choir and house guests the weekend slipped by before I visited this community. Thanks for stopping by and for hosting this wonderful gathering!

Pat said...

Love those red shoulders. Great shots of the gopher tortoise.

NatureFootstep said...

a very beautiful hawk :)

David Gascoigne said...

Red-shouldered Hawks in Florida are so approachable.

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