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Take The Camera On a Night Walk? You Bet!

Night Hawk gobbling up insects in the light of a streetlamp

I went for a late walk this evening, and strapped the camera case to my belt.  I considered leaving it home.  What, after all, will warrant a photo after 8:00 p.m.?

Flashlight in hand, I walked the 1 1/2 miles from my home to the entrance to the Tucson Mountain Park.  There's a street lamp there, and its orange light was attracting insects.  The insects in turn were attracting Night Hawks, who were feeding on the wing.  It took five or six tries, but finally I captured this photo just for you.  Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. 

Check out the bird's eye!


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Comment balloon 40 commentsMike Jones • April 29 2009 12:32AM


Wow Mike!  You catch some strange happenings in the light of the moon :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago


Thanks for being the first to comment!  There's a beautiful moon out tonight, but I didn't get it.  There must have been twelve of these birds swooping in and out, capturing their evening meal.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Cool pic Mike. I bet you were singing, "Ain't it good to be back home again..."

Your building consultant for Life in Nashville, TN

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Fabulous.  You got that Arizona night color in too. 



Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Nice photo Mike,

Thanks for staying with it to get the photo to share with us.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago


We have a community center in our neighborhood with a pool that's lighted from beneath the water.  I'm used to seeing these Night Hawks there, buzzing the water to pick up insects.  This is the first time I've noticed a large group of them elsewhere.


Because of the observatories 75 miles west at Kitt Peak, our street lighting is all of an orange hue.  The color adds drama to the photo, I think.  Thanks for commenting.


I was humming "Back in the saddle again" while I was ordering docs on a file yesterday.  It's good to be back home.  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Awesome picture!  Thanks for sharing with us.   

Posted by Renee Marrs Caperton, Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate (Marrs & Associates) over 11 years ago


You're welcome!  Thank you for stopping to visit.  I'll see you soon on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Wow, Mike!  What an opportunity!  We have lots of red tailed hawks around here, and they are not bashful about swooping down to show off.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Mike - great shot, persistence pays off sometimes. It has been a few years since I have done any night photography, you may just inspire me to do some again.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 11 years ago

Very cool photo the eyes of the hawk must be wonderful for them to see well at night.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Nice picture. You know that was Mu coming by to say hi!

Posted by Sue Jones over 11 years ago


It's great to see you on my blog.  Love to you and Ryan!


They're nocturnal, and only hunt insects at night.  The eyes are huge.


I'll look for your work on your blog; thanks for commenting.


I'm glad you liked it!  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


Hi Mike:

How neat is that photo! 

Hope you are doing well...

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 11 years ago

The hawk eyes are just amazing. Thanks for sharing the photo with everyone. Have a great day.

Posted by David Width Jr. over 11 years ago

Hi Mike: Your amazing with that camera - well done.


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago

You got some great visuals on your blog Mike. You are an artist as well. Thanks

Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) over 11 years ago

Nice catch, Mike!  I'm amazed you got it in so few tries. 

Sounds like you survived the cattle drive in one piece.  :-)

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) over 11 years ago


After 14 years, I ought to!  LOL


You're welcome!  Thanks for commenting.


Persistence pays off, I guess.


You're welcome!  Here's hoping your day is successful.


Thanks for stopping by.  I read your comment on someone's blog about pelicans, and was surprised to learn from the authors response that Forked River is near Sanibel Island!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

I'm glad that you had Jonathan on that walk with you - VERY COOL SHOT!

Sis-in-Law, Kathie

Posted by Kathie Morgan over 11 years ago

So that is what that bird is!  I remember a few years back that I traveled with a friend, to Needles, California, to pick up a grandkid.  It was the night of Winter Solstice on the Mohave Desert, and the night was totally moonless.  Because of that, we could see every star in the sky.  I pulled over to the side of the road to simply take it all in, when a bird like, or very similar to that one flew overhead.  It was totally breath-taking.  That's a really remarkable picture Mike.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike,

You got a great shot, those colors look really cool! I love a good walk in the dark. :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Wow! That is so cool, an actual Nighthawk! I always enjoy stopping by and seeing your photos and posts about the great outdoors!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

That's an AMAZING picture!

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 11 years ago

Good Morning Mike.....I love taking pictures of birds but have not been presented with this photo op, great catch.  I looked around some of your other posts...good stuff going on here ;-)

Posted by Gail MacMillan over 11 years ago


Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

There ya go. I'm never without a camera, day or night. Digital -- i.e., the lack of film and developing costs -- makes it soooooooooo worthwhile to take it with me everywhere.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 11 years ago

I'm taking my camera just about everywhere I go, except when I'm running.  It never fails, when I don't have it, I need it.  What a cool shot you captured!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 11 years ago

Mike, That photo was worth the 5-6 hour wait!  Spectacular capture! This should be entered in a photography contest.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 11 years ago


You're the most encouraging person I know!  Thanks.


Lighter camera in your future?  :)


You and me both!


Thanks for stopping by.


Thanks for reading and commenting.


Amazingly LUCKY!


Thanks.  Stop by any time.


I took it looking into the light, and was surprised at the colors!


You were no doubt seeing the same kind of bird!


Thanks for saying so.  Sorry I took so long to respond on this one.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Oh, this photo was great,I have really gotten into taking my camera everywhere, Margaret Rome showed me that was a great way of expressing yourself.Thank you Barbara

Posted by Barbara Raley, When you think of Real Estate, think of me! (The McNelis Group,LLC) about 11 years ago

Awesome. I was just saying with my walking buddies that we should video our walk. You've inspired me. We see such wonderful things.

Posted by Marie Avery, Bradenton Real Estate (Marie Avery/RE/MAX Alliance Group) about 11 years ago

Great shot, Mike! You are so wise . . . I need to remember to grab my camera way more often than I do. I often regret leaving it behind. You'd think I'd learn!

Posted by Deena Cottingham, Home Stager & Photographer (GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography) about 11 years ago


When I forget my camera, it's like I've forgotten my wallet.  It's a rare occasion, and I always kick myself.


I'll be over to your blog to check out your video.  Do you have a Flip Video camera?


You're welcome!  I'm glad you stopped by.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike.  Thanks for the invitation to join this group.  Didn't know we had such a group.  This is really cool!!  What a great picture.  I'm waiting for some dry weather to out and get some exercise.

Posted by Lois Kubota, DRE#01865028 (Keller Williams, Walnut Creek, California, DRE#01865028) almost 11 years ago


Welcome aboard!  We'll be glad to see your posts to the group.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

This could have been captioned "Eat at Joe's Light House."

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) almost 11 years ago

Very cool photo.  it almost looks animated

Posted by Debbie Atwood, Real Estate Broker (Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA) over 10 years ago

This is a great idea nice walk with a good camera.

Posted by Wilbur Lloyd (AR Home Inspection Service of New Jersey) about 10 years ago

Very nice! Thanks for posting had to read the blog to figure out what you were saying but then I saw it. Very very nice.

Posted by Gary J. Rocks (Juba Team Realty) almost 10 years ago

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