While I was photographing the Woodpecker in the last post, a hawk flew in up on the mountain. I’m not great at bird identification, but I think it is a Cooper’s hawk. It was very far away and raining, so the photos aren’t great. I watched it sit there for awhile, while nearby crows went crazy making a big fuss about it being around. It ignored them and preened it’s feathers, even looked at me at time or two. Then it flew to the ground. I don’t know what it did, I never saw it fly back up and I waited for as long as I could in the cold. It didn’t really fly down like they do when they are after something. So I’m not sure what it was up to. I have it going to the ground on a video clip. But it’s not a very good clip because of my shakiness, so I didn’t upload it to the video log. I can if someone is really interested in it. But it’s not that great.
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I was really wanting to go out and about today some, but just wasn’t able. I was telling my husband how much I wish I could get outside today. And he asked if I would like for him to go around and take some photos for me. Of course I said yes. The photos in this post are his.
First up, a Broad-winged Hawk ( Buteo platypterus ) sitting on a power line:
I wish these photos were a tad sharper. But these images were taken from very far away, so this is the best he could do, given the excessive distance. I thought this one was particularly interesting. He knows he’s being spied on, and he’s turning his head almost all the way backwards to see:
In this next one, he caught him mid-feather fluff:
Next, just a couple of shots of the creek nearby. I spent most of my time here growing up playing in the creek or in the woods, with a dog or two by my side. 🙂 Those were good times. 🙂
I’m sure I would still be doing the same things now if my body would let me. Except now I would probably have more than two dogs tagging along, 3 kids, and a camera. 😉