Red Tailed Hawk

Some Cooperation Finally

I know that for every good day of photography there is a bad day, or two. The more images we get, the more critical we get, and then the more bad days we get. It’s a good thing. If not the internet would have even more out of focus cat pictures.

Last week was more bad than good. We had the opportunities. One day we watched an amazing display by Ospreys. We managed some fair photos, no good ones though. None would tell a story, which is what we always want.

The good news was a better day appeared right after.

The other day, before the ground thawed and the spring mud took over, I went down to the local marsh lands. As soon as I arrived a large Red Tailed Hawk came into the open area. He stayed, preened, and gave me the ‘eye’ for intruding. This was an extra large bird and the coloring amazing. I was able to take plenty of shots.

 

Red Tailed Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk

Since the morning thaw happens quickly this time of year most of my trip to the marsh was spent with the Hawk.

Soon after I left the marsh a totally different type of bird, a Downy Woodpecker, gave me another surprise. This was the fact that he was lounging in the sun. Have you ever seen one these sit still for even a minute? He out lasted me. Last I saw the bird was still sun bathing.

The day ended with another raptor. This time a Broad Winged Hawk.  Talk about cooperation. I down loaded files from the camera, taken the memory card out….and failed to add a new one! I stood under the tree limb he was on and happily shot away. But it didn’t feel right. A quick look at the back screen and I knew exactly why. So now what? I went to my sling pack, retrieved a card, loaded it. Walked back and started all over. The Hawk sat and watched me to see what I was doing.

Broad Winged Hawk
Broad Winged Hawk

While this fiasco was happening small birds just hopped around in the trees with no sign of concern. A Blue Jay actually dove down on the Hawk.

Broad Winged Hawk
Broad Winged Hawk

In spite of myself I managed to get a few decent photos. Talk about a dumb mistake. Mad at myself yet relieved for the shots I called it a day. Quit while I was ahead.