Funny Rough-legged Hawk – Preserving, Nurturing and Expressing a Sense of Humor

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Funny look from a Rough-legged HawkFunny look from a Rough-legged Hawk – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited, no jokes told

Preserving, nurturing and expressing my sense of humor has helped me get through some pretty tough times in my life. Laughter is a stress reliever, it releases a bunch of feel good endorphins, lowers blood pressure, soothes tensions, it helps to connect you with other people and makes it easier to cope with difficult situations. My children have said that I have a weird sense of humor and they may well be right but it is my sense of humor and I own it gleefully.

We all need laughter in our lives, especially when times are rough. Laugh a little or laugh a lot, it is good for you.

While I am out photographing birds there are times when the birds do something I find hilarious and the laughter just bubbles out of me. Burrowing Owl chicks can make some of the funniest bird faces around and I have had trouble holding my lens still while photographing them because I have been laughing too hard. Other birds can slip on ice and slide across it in the most comical way. I’ve viewed videos of crows sliding down snowy hillsides with the exuberance of young children. You really don’t have to look hard into the bird world to find humor and laughter.

With that said, I think this Rough-legged Hawk has read one too many hysterical Tweets lately. I know I have.

Life is good and funny.



  1. Elephant's Child January 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Humour has been the raft which has kept me from drowing often. Sometimes black, but always welcome.
    That image would lend itself to a caption competition…

  2. Utahbooklover January 11, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Last night President Obama brought me to tears several times, and then this morning the president-elect press conference did nothing to restore my hope for the future. So thank you Mia for at least giving me a smile today and reminding me of the wonders of nature.

  3. Patty Chadwick January 11, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    That bird must have just heard the orange man speak! I some years ago watched a sparrow flutter up to the bottom rail of a split rail fence then”ski” down the small icy slope below–over and over. The first time was an accident, but then he kept doing it…I’m sure he was enjoying himself…also saw some sparrows(3-4? Don’t remember how many) doing something similar on our icy roof…as a former skier, I’m pretty sure that’s what they were doing because, they, too, kept repeating the action…little birds just want to have fun!

  4. Don January 11, 2017 at 7:44 am

    This reminds me of the myopic human looking through bifocals; what a look!

  5. Kim January 11, 2017 at 6:55 am

    This indeed made me smile! Thanks for sharing!

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