Photographic Post: Great Birding Day

Warning: I think I caught the shutterbug during my bike ride to the dyke today, so this is a lengthy post full of pictures. You have been warned.

Sunny day

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Surprising capture of a Northern Harrier flying searching for food.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
A juvenile Great Blue Heron standing near the trail hoping it won't be spotted by anyone.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Konk~la~reee - Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbirds are back and konk-la-reeing!

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Hiding in the grasses was a Short-eared Owl.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Think this is my first real sighting of Bald Eagles of the year. I was beginning to worry that they are not coming to Terra Nova this year.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Many sleepy heads, the heron was the only one awake.

Snow Geese taking off.

Biking towards the Terra Nova slough, I suddenly saw something big perched out of the corner of my eye. Using a tree as cover, I peeked and it was a Red-tailed Hawk - at my eye level and just a few meters away from me! What a chance! I put on the TCON-lens and started shooting away!

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
There was a ditch below this bridge and I suppose the hawk was looking at the critters running around below.

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
It looked at me a couple of times but wasn't concerned at all - I gave it a safety distance and with a tree in the middle.

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
What a handsome bird!

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
The hawk went into this position when a couple with two dogs came near us. The man took off his DSLR and started clicking away loudly. And then the hawk flew away. Go figures.

I saw a small furry critter went under this patch and I biked past it.

The only birds on the slough was two pairs of this species. Are they Gadwalls? I don't remembering them having the dark ear patch. HELP PLEASE?

A panoramic view of the setting sun.

The sun cutting the trees in half.

Two Bald Eagles. Hooray!

One more shot of the sunset.

Moon watch on 2010-01-26
And a moon watch image. That's all, I am going home now!


swamp4me said...

Great photos, as usual! The gadwall certainly does have a darker than usual head but everything else looks right. Interesting.

Wanderin' Weeta said...

What a beautiful hawk!

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