Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Quite a nice assortment of raptors in SD right now. Thanks to my dad for taking me around to find them!
|Female American kestrel. Very typical. Pic|
is of of the bird flying away.
|Wow - this little male did not move at all!|
|Holy moly - this was amazing! Ferruginous|
hawk - just chill.
|What a beast!|
|Red-tail flying - check out the molt pattern|
in the tail.
|Pretty bird! Landed so you can see part of that|
|Check out how long the wingtips are - |
almost even with the tail.
|Prairie falcon with lunch!|
On a recent trip to SD, my dad and I came across a Ferruginous hawk - quite a find! The bird was pretty chill for a while - until a Western Kingbird decided that for no reason whatsoever, other than he was a kingbird, that he should make the hawk move. Probably the first time ever that I was a bit put out with a kingbird. Although the experience did make me give props to the feisty little guys.
I had some fun with the inspirational quotes - enjoy!
Sunday, July 19, 2015
I was lucky enough to time things to find a family just arriving, then setting up shop, and finally getting to watch the day they fledged (three little ones). These photos were taken just three days post-fledging, and already they are about the equivalent of a block away from the nest tree. Two of the little ones huddled close together.
Just today, however, I think I might be vindicated. I stopped by the recently fledged Eastern Kingbird family, and watched while the three fledglings were fed. One adult took off very suddenly after what I thought was a bug; turns out it was an osprey. Yes, folks - an osprey. Or - since it wasn't a bug, it was a possible punching bag.