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.
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.
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.
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.