Raptors' Day

Today was a strange day. First it snowed in the morning. But by noon, most of the snow was gone. Maybe that's not so strange. Who knows for sure anymore nowdays. I have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to weather here in the Lower Mainland.

Anyways, I managed to get decent photos of the 3 birds of prey species that are fairly common here in West Richmond - Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, and Red-tailed Hawk.

First up was a Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus). It was circling right in front of me and kept landing on an area full of cattails. I took several photos of it flying, but only this one turned decent enough for me to put on my Flickr - since this is the only one with a clear, semi-focused view of the harrier's beautiful owl-like face.

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Next was a lone Bald Eagle waiting for its mate again. I don't think I will ever get tired of looking at these beautiful birds or taking their pictures.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Finally, in the Terra Nova Natural Area, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk perched on a tree. Having the experience of scaring it off too quickly before getting decent photos, I approached it slowly. Then a couple behind me walked past me, so I got ready to take these take-off pictures.

I merged two photos together to get this two-step sequence picture.

The Red-tailed Hawk didn't fly too far away and landed on a usual telephone pole.

Not sure what it was looking at.

But then a huge flock of Snow Geese flew right over us and that certainly got the hawk's attention.

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Red-tailed Hawk looking at the Snow Geese.

That's basically what I saw today. My fingers were close to falling off due to the coldness - even though I had gloves on. It was getting too cold so I went back home early.

Sky-watch photo of the day. It was quite beautiful despite the coldness.


Cicero Sings said...

Very cool how you merged those pictures together! Lovely hawk pictures.

Hey you've changed your side bar again. When I get home ... I've gotta try that!

PSYL said...

Thank you, Cicero Sings. I thought the previous background was a bit distracting. This new one is a bit more 'together'. I really like the scene too.

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