January 18, 2012

Hawk at Feeder

Five bird feeders are visible from my dining room window. It is my morning routine to sit at the table next to the window, drink my coffee and read. When the sun comes up I pull aside the curtain and scan the feeders for visitors. Depending on the day, I have more or less time for this morning meditation.

This morning I spotted a hawk perched on the fence near the feeder closest to the woods. Through my binoculars I could see that it was an immature one, though I could not identify the species from my field guides. He looked majestic with his thick dark brown cloak draped over his shoulders.  How wonderful it would be if the binoculars were a camera!

January 14, 2012

Heron at the Pond

A heron, looking very big with his fluffed up feathers, was waiting patiently for some dinner this afternoon.  He was out looking for lunch earlier today and by the time I gathered the camera gear, got the tripod set up and put my coat on, he had flown away. Luckily he came back and I was at home to see him. The lighting was better at 3:30 p.m. than it was at 11:00 a.m. anyway. So glad I was able to catch him. I wonder if he caught himself anything to eat.

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