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He was all knowing...all seeing!!



FROM A DISTANCE
WITHOUT ZOOM...







USING THE ZOOM...







This guy was watching me walk up to get a photo. I was about 30 yards from the tree [he was at the very top of a cottonwood tree in our neighborhood]...I spied him from our open garage while Bud was bringing in the recycle bin from the curb. I went in the house, got my camera loaded, and walked down the street as I was setting everything to utilize the zoom lens...no sooner had I got to the corner, his head turned, I knew he was following my movements and anticipating 'danger' to himself. I quickly took aim as I stopped, snapped these two images as he turned his body in defense, just before he took off in flight---I believe it's a SWAINSON'S HAWK




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WEEKEND FUNNIES


...it's all about "wings", flying & airplanes today.






P = The problem logged by the pilot.
S = The solution logged by the mechanic.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back order.

P: Autopilot in "altitude-hold" mode produces a 200-fpm descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're there for!

P: Transponder inoperative.
S: Transponder always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windscreen.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed radar with words.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Brakes howl on application
S: Don't step on 'em so hard!

P: Radio sounds like a squealing pig
S: Removed pig from radio. BBQ behind hangar tomorrow

P: Air conditioning motor makes a loud squeal like my mother-in-law.
S: Recommend divorce


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- -every redneck crop duster's last words:
"Hey, everybody — watch this!"

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Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society.
The optimist invents the airplane; the pessimist the parachute.

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The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee.

52 comments :

  1. You acted fast, kept your head, and got great pictures of this hawk! I love the airplane stuff, too funny!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Most times, I enjoy finding some humor for my Saturday posts....laughter is good.

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  2. Very nice captures of this magnificent bird - hawk.
    Thank you for funnies :)

    Regards and best wishes

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    1. I always enjoy your comments...they're always so very kind.

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  3. Hi Anni, what a great bird and sighting. Your photos are awesome! Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen...
      I also read your very first comment in YOUR blog post today...we're all in a 'tizzie' with this new word verification --- not that I liked the other version in Blogger. LOL

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  4. It is a beautiful hawk, whatever it is. I thought it was a Cooper's Hawk when I first saw it. I wasn't bothered by the watermark at all. And boo to whoever it was who used your pictures without your permission! I see that with mine now and then but it doesn't bother me. I enjoyed your airplane word play!

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    1. I thought perhaps it could be a Cooper's Hawk also, but there are too many varying differences in this bird I think. For one, its size.

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  5. We have hawks here ... a lot. But my zoom lens won't zoom in that much! Nor do I have the slightest clue what kind of hawk it is. DD lives in the middle of an established neighborhood but saw a hawk sitting in their back yard (didn't have my camera and didn't think about whipping out the iPhone to take a photo ... not to mention that sliding the glass doors open probably would have sent him/her flying). It was amazing to see it so up close.

    And sister, I am SO with you on the word verification rant! I touched on it briefly yesterday ... and will grab your button. Thanks for helping us to get the word out.

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    1. Good...I hope others follow suit. LOL

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  6. Anni, you are a hoot! Thanks for visiting!
    My critters!

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    1. well, we ARE humanoids, aren't we?

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  7. Wow, good tight zoom on the hawk. They are hard to get.

    I've been verification free for a year or so and haven't had any problems. The new scheme is driving me crazy.

    And please tell me why many people enable both the word verification and comment moderation both. Why?

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    1. I know...I know. It boggles the mind, doesn't it Yogi?

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  8. Morning Anni...we 100% detest the new word verification. It makes Mom's eyes hurt and she says bad words!!

    WOW what a great series of Hawk pictures. Don't you just love it when the birds are cooperative!! Sounds like he might be a good poser!
    Happy Saturday and thanks for the funny
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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    1. Madi...I just KNEW you'd love the birds. hehehehehe

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  9. Great capture and still laughing at the jokes..

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    1. Morning Linda...Glad you got a chance to laugh...laughter is good for what ails ya'.

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  10. In this case you can say "big brother is watching me" what beautiful bird and pictures !
    I have another logo for a word verification STOP ! I hate loosing my time with these stupid scribblings, especially when it comes to a meme !

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    1. Hello Ms. G....long time no see. [I'm a poet and didn't know it] ---yep, this new word verification is horrendous. I didn't like the old, but tolerated it. And as you say, especially in MEMES.

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  11. Beautiful hawk. Well done! Love the funnies. Happy Critter Day!

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    1. Happy Critter Day to you too Snap.

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  12. Spectacular!, Anni. It is one awesome capture ... I love it when our hawk sits on the top of the bird feeder & looks in the house ... barely 10' away. I keep my camera at my side at all times now. They are such beautiful creatures.

    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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    1. You have a hawk that sits on a bird feeder 10 feet away?!!! Boy, you're most definitely living right.

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  13. Great shot here - so detailed.

    I hate the word verification too but if I don't use it I spend lots of time deleting all the spam comments on my blog. Plus I lost my blog due to spam for two weeks last year - not fun. I would rather use this than suffer the consequences.

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    1. Sorry to hear of your loss...there is also the option of moderating your comments.

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  14. Wow - magnificent bird shots!

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  15. Nice captures of this beautiful hawk!

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  16. great photos! and THANKS for the laughs! :)

    also THANK YOU for spreading the anti-word verification message! i did a rant post about 2 days ago. can't do it!!!

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    1. I think this new fangled captcha that Blogger decided to add is awful. Nope, I don't like to deal with it either.

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  17. Wow such a wonderful pic you captured of this Hawk. He was carefully watching you as you were him.
    Are you getting all the rain we are having here in my part of Texas.
    I feel like maybe I should start building a boat or something.
    Have a good weekend
    Love
    Maggie

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    1. We got some heavy downpouring yesterday, but not bad. Just much, MUCH needed.

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  18. I am trying to save for a good zoom lens. The quality of your hawk photo is fantastic.

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    1. They ARE expensive. Well worth saving for in my opinion.

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  19. Enjoyed the hawk pic, and the airplane funnies put a smile on my face.

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  20. Magnificent shot of the hawk. He looks like he has his eye on you!

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  21. Great shot of the majestic hawk!
    Thanks for the funnies!
    Greetings, Mette

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  22. Great shots of the bird.

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  23. Just think that Hawk doesn't need a zoom lens. nice pic - those Q & A's are funny.

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  24. Beautiful pictures of the hawk!

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  25. GREAT photo ~ I love photos of wildlife!!!
    {{{HUGS}}}
    Donna

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  26. Great post as usual!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  27. Fabulous zoom on the hawk, Anni. You must have a good camera as well as a good eye. Unfortunately, I can't take very good pictures any more because of eyesight problems. So glad I have my Intrepid Photographer to take up the slack.
    I grabbed your word-verification button and put at the top of my sidebar, but I sure wouldn't grab anyone's photos without express permission. Tough call with the watermark thing. I just put our names and a © and hope for the best. I had artwork stolen many, many years ago and have never recovered from the shock, dismay, anger, and the feeling of having been abused.
    K

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  28. It is my experience you have to quick with shots of a hawk - you did very well!
    AMEN! to no word verification! Let's hope folks get the message. I've spent too much time today trying to type that crap in. :)

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  29. Superb photos of the hawk. Thanks for having a verification free blog!

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  30. Such a nice picture.

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  31. I think u have nice camera....nicely taken
    My Camera-Critters

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  32. I see you're protesting the word verification.....it wasn't bad enough we had one, now we have two....and I guess robots are smarter than humans because some of them are difficult to make out.
    Loved the ditties......and Hawk, we like driving down the road and seeing them on the wires above our head.....there is one who likes to case our neighborhood...wish he'd catch that Vole that is hanging around.
    Mama Bear

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  33. I love that hawk. Is such a beautiful bird, is like a king. Have a nice week. Greetings from Romania.

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  34. Way to go capturing the Hawk Photo's.
    Loved your funny pilot post.

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