62 thoughts on “Is This Thing On?

  1. allein ๐ŸŒผ July 27, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I really wish there was sound on that. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Murray C. July 27, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Me, too. Boy, if a raptor can be accused of being charming, this one is!

  2. Doug July 27, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Is it time for my Closeup ?

  3. birdcage July 27, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Awww, bebeh hawk probably sees reflection of a bird in the lense and wants to get fed!

  4. cats lave July 27, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    I do believe that is an osprey, not a hawk, unless you call it a “fish-hawk.” Then I guess it is sort of a hawk. And ospreys do talk A LOT, as you can see. (I, too, wish there had been sound with that! I love the way they talk.)

      • cat slave July 27, 2016 / 6:09 pm

        Why thank ye. I just easily slid over to NTMTOM when CuteOverload overloaded out beyond the Intertoobs. I’ve been checking NTMTOM every day since, just not commenting, I guess, other than to myself. I love what you do and am so happy you took over the reins of animal cute.

        • Julie July 27, 2016 / 6:58 pm


          “CATS LAVE” didn’t register.

          “CAT SLAVE” is hilarious!!!

    • Murray C. July 27, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      Hi, Cats Lave – I’m trying to figure out your name – are you a slave to a cat? (welcome to the club) or are you always washing cats? (Smaller club – do you need bandages?) ๐Ÿ˜‹

      • cat slave July 27, 2016 / 5:31 pm

        That was me not paying attention to GD “spell-check.” I am definitely a slave to cats, who I do NOT wash. Nope, No way! Though, maybe Cats Lave might be an OK kind of name. They make me lave the floor a lot, after they over-top the edge of the cat box…grrrrr. They also make me laff a lot.

        • Julie July 27, 2016 / 7:27 pm

          If you are a “Cat Slave”, then I am a “Puppy Butler”.

        • Murray C. July 27, 2016 / 8:25 pm

          ๐Ÿ˜ I think some of the funniest comments we get on this blog are the ones where spell check has taken over, as it were.

        • 6rabbits July 27, 2016 / 8:58 pm

          Welcome, Cat Slave, from a bunny slave!๐Ÿฐ

          • Murray C. July 28, 2016 / 11:17 am

            And another one.๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ(or two, as is the case here)

      • allein ๐ŸŒผ July 27, 2016 / 5:59 pm

        hee! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Phred's Mom July 27, 2016 / 6:03 pm

      Does look like an osprey. Is there a largish body of water there in Lincoln, Nebraska?
      Where I used to live in N. Jersey, we loved watching them dive for fish out our front
      window overlooking a lake. They are very cool birds.

    • cat slave July 27, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      And here is an osprey nest in Maine, with three almost-ready to fledge youngsters. You can hear how much they like to vocalize. You might even have to turn down the sound a bit because they are LOUD.

      • allein ๐ŸŒผ July 27, 2016 / 6:24 pm

        I just watched for several minutes and they said nothing at all! ๐Ÿ˜€

        The sound of the water is nice and calming, though.

        • Gigi_the cat lady July 27, 2016 / 7:12 pm

          They were screaming when I tuned in but then the adult flew away and they went quiet.

          • allein ๐ŸŒผ July 27, 2016 / 7:51 pm

            Mom’s back…looks like dinnertime.

    • AuntieEm1996 July 28, 2016 / 10:18 am

      I’m attaching the Cornell Lab of Ornithology info on ospreys hoping that a picture will pop-up. This beauty is not an osprey. The head is the wrong shape and the colors are wrong. It might be a red-tail hawk or perhaps a red shouldered hawk.

      • cat slave July 28, 2016 / 10:22 am

        Yes, you are right. I was wrong on the Internet. See mea culpa below!

      • birdcage July 28, 2016 / 10:39 am

        I love the website for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If you have a mobile device when you’re out on a nature walk, you can play their bird sounds through your phone’s speakers and often have a “conversation” with birds in the area! I had nesting wrens in my lilac tree a few weeks ago and I could get them to come over and land on the arms of my patio chair by playing Cornell’s wren songs on my iphone. Of course, I had *no* idea what I was saying in Wrenspeak at the time. Hope it was something friendly and not too territorial.

  5. Faye July 27, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Bird’s eye view.
    Who’s a pretty bird? MEeeee!

  6. Em July 27, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I have a small collection of photos of animals looking at cameras. Here’s one of my favorites.

    • Murray C. July 27, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Love this picture. ( I collect pictures of animals in the bath – keeps me off the streets ๐Ÿ˜)

      • Em July 27, 2016 / 5:27 pm

        Hope to see some of them! (Not sure what keeps me off the streets. . . I think it’s some laziness)

        • Murray C. July 27, 2016 / 8:23 pm

          I’ll never leave the computer! Gorgeous – thanks, EM.

    • allein ๐ŸŒผ July 27, 2016 / 5:59 pm

      That’s a great pic!

    • 6rabbits July 27, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      I love when animals check out the cameras! And thanks for the wild life cam link, too!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

      • Em July 27, 2016 / 9:13 pm

        You’re so welcome!

      • Em July 27, 2016 / 11:15 pm

        Here’s one more that folks might like, the number of animals is amazing, but also the sound scape of bird calls, roars, and general chatter of all the animals. It’s a little after 8pm my time as I write, and it’s just after 6am in Kenya, that may account for some of it. http://mpalalive.org/live_cam/river

        • cat slave July 28, 2016 / 12:02 am

          I watch Safari Live almost every day, both on the morning drive and the evening. It’s pretty amazing what they do: drive around in an open Rover with a wildlife guide and camera-person, streaming live whatever they encounter. They broadcast from a small area of private reserves in South Africa’s Kruger Nat’l Park. Live. The animals in this area are used to the gawkers in vehicles because guides have been driving around for decades with no threats to wildlife.

          • Em July 28, 2016 / 12:20 am

            Another nice site to bookmark! Thank you. You may have read them already, but the African safari guide stories of Peter Allison are amusing.

      • N. Fritz July 28, 2016 / 1:15 am

        Cameras aren’t active during the summer, but check back in October when the Decorah eagles start rebuilding their nest, mate, lay, incubate, feed and raise 2-3 chicks to the accompaniment of the spring sounds of northern Iowa: http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles (they’ve got a nice retrospective of the 2016 season if you follow the link now)

  7. Starfish July 27, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Student philoso-raptor decides to present his thesis by video. Too bad he forgot the sound.

    • allein ๐ŸŒผ July 27, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Maybe it’s a commentary on the non-stop noise that is modern society.

  8. cat slave July 27, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    OMG! I think I am wrong on the internet! I sent this video to a birder friend of mine and this is what she says:
    I am thinking this may be a juvenile Red-tail Hawk. Not sure but my best guess for now. Can’t make it into an Osprey. Think it would need to show more of a black band through eye and around head to be an Osprey.

    She’s right about the black band by the eyes now that I look at the young ospreys in that Maine nest. I am so sorry to have inadvertently misled everyone due to my ignorance. Please accept my apologies. I’ll go back to lurking, now…

    • Murray C. July 27, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Please, no recriminations – I feel safe in speaking for us all we’re happy to have you aboard.๐Ÿ˜Š

      • cat slave July 27, 2016 / 8:47 pm

        Thank you, you are very kind. I feel so ignorant, though. This is why I am not a birder and stopped going on the winter bird counts. I like the birds all around, but I’m just not into the bird details. There are other things that make me focus on minutia, though, just not flying dinosaurs.

      • 6rabbits July 27, 2016 / 9:04 pm

        Hear, hear!๐Ÿ˜€

    • Em July 27, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Cat Slave, who hasn’t made an error in IDing? If anything, it got some birders to take a closer look. No harm done.

      • Faye July 27, 2016 / 8:43 pm

        Know Your Salmon: a guide to speedy identification.

        • cat slave July 27, 2016 / 8:49 pm

          Ha ha ha ha! That’s good. Put a generic bird in there, now, for the kitty (and me!).

          • Faye July 28, 2016 / 9:21 am

            ๐Ÿ˜œ and nice to meet you.

      • allein ๐ŸŒผ July 27, 2016 / 11:15 pm

        No touchy da fishy!

        • Duckie July 27, 2016 / 11:34 pm

          That’s MY line!
          Ima touchy da fishy…
          ๐Ÿ  ๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿก ๐ŸŽฃ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค๐ŸŽ

          • allein ๐ŸŒผ July 27, 2016 / 11:46 pm

            No! No touchy da fishy!!

            • Duckie July 28, 2016 / 12:57 am

              Okay, I no touchy da fishy.
              I eaty instead!

    • N. Fritz July 28, 2016 / 1:25 am

      No problem, Cat Slave! As my father, an avid birder, always says “red-tailed hawk unless otherwise identified.” You probably introduced a lot of people to ospreys, which are truly magnificent birds of prey! Your comments are always welcome!

      • cat slave July 28, 2016 / 9:28 am

        Oh that is so true. There are different morphs of red tailed hawks, dark and other-wise. And then the immature ones look like…well, kind of sort of like ospreys (heh) or other birds of prey. I have a similar attitude toward some native plants where I live in shrub steppe country: If you don’t know what it is, call it buckwheat until further investigation And all those different yellow daisy-like flowers? DYCs, all of them! Damn Yellow Composites (spp). Just like birders use LBJ for ubiquitous Little Brown Jobs.

    • Transentence July 28, 2016 / 8:29 am

      Wait, what? The internet never makes mistakes! If I read it on a screen, it must be true. You have shattered my world.

  9. ^oo^ July 28, 2016 / 2:43 am

    Birds that prey together, stay together…

    • Julie July 28, 2016 / 8:39 am

      Ha ha!

    • Murray C. July 28, 2016 / 11:15 am

      Wonderful – lucky you!

    • Em July 28, 2016 / 11:32 am

      What a lot of wonderful photos you’ve taken!

      • birdcage July 28, 2016 / 2:59 pm

        Thank you, Em!

  10. sugitomo July 28, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    If I could read hawk/osprey lips, I would guess he’s saying “mom, mom, mom, mom, mom….mom, mom, mom….mom, mom, mom, mom”

  11. Doug July 29, 2016 / 10:08 am

    Seems a little …..

    • allein July 29, 2016 / 12:17 pm


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