Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Great Horned Owlet update.

Saturday morning, I stopped by my friends’ home to check out on how the owlets were doing. From my visit a couple of weeks ago, I knew that there are two, but could only see one.

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It wasn’t until I got into the darkroom that I spotted the second one! They are definitely getting bigger. They are moving out of the nest to get a little exercise now.

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They are doing quite well. Julie popped came out and we chatted a bit. We could he the mother calling to the chicks with a low and quiet hoot, but we couldn’t see her. Then she flew out and landed in another white pine, right in the sun.

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She’s looking a little sleepy at 7:00 in the morning after being out hunting all night long.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Treetop Flyer, Incident over the salt marsh

Saturday morning, we had an intruder come into our Ospreys’ airspace.

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The Osprey that was not on the nets was quick to scramble.

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The intruder approached.

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Our Osprey came in to intercept.

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The intruder sailed off but then circled back.

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Our Osprey was in hot pursuit…

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and caught up with the intruder.

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I thought that there was going to be a big confrontation,

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but it was very civil.

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The intruder was escorted out of our airspace.

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Job done and all is well.

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It’s all good.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Blue flowers behind the barn

I took a walk to check on things behind the barn and found these poking up in the woods.

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In other spring news, below are two stages of Jack-in-the-Pulpit poking through. I think we are going to have quite a few this year.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday evening creature feature, Shorttail Weasel

We had a new yard critter this morning. I was up on the deck and down below on the forest floor I saw a brown fir ball flashing about. At first I though it was the red squirrel that comes by but it turned out to be a Shorttail Weasel. Pretty cool. It was pretty twitchy as it leaped and bounded around in the brush.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Forgotten Photo Friday, Sharp-shinned Hawk.

I took these photos on May 22, 2011 in Huntington Beach, California. It just so happens that yesterday I was in the front yard watching the Osprey when I heard a swoosh go by my head. A Sharpie can in to take out one of the smaller birds that were hanging about me. It was a brown alert moment (the second this week!). He swooped back into the woods and took off by the time I got my camera up to my face. So these will have to suffice.

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It took me and the other birds by surprise. I’ve had accipiters come overhead many times when I’ve been near chickadees. The chickadees have always given out a warning call that sounds like a high pitched tsee-tsee-tsee which means “Accipiter! Take cover!” This time we all missed it. Luckily for my little buddies, no one got hit.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Palm Warbler

As I mentioned yesterday, I ran into a little fallout of Palm Warblers Sunday morning. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind,Red-tailed Hawk

I took a trip out to Appleton Farms Sunday morning. I didn’t get more than 100 feet out of the parking lot before stumbled into a little fallout of Palm Warblers feeding with Eastern Bluebirds and some Chipping Sparrows. I was working the shoot when all of the sudden, about 20 yards away, a Red-tailed hawk came in.

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I’ve never been this close to a wild hawk before and I had a bit of a challenge because it was totally backlit! I took a few bracket shots to see if I could get a good photo.

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Then all of the sudden, it started to come come in on me. All in about two seconds I though through the scenarios trying to determine what was on this hawk’s mind? I’m in a good nesting area, did I stumble close to a nest? Am I not seeing something in the environment? Now mind you, these are full frame shots.

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I was having a BROWN ALERT!

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By the time  it got about 10 feet from me, it was still coming in. All that I could think of was how long those talons are! So I stretched out my arms to make myself look big, which startled him. Phew! He landed in a tree behind me, and in much better light!

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He looked back at me, I looked at him.

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Then I realized what what going on. He was onto something.

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Bam!

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It got something but I couldn’t see what it was because it kept it’s back to me. It was cold, so I doubt it was a snake, perhaps a mouse. I only got a glimpse of the tail.

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Finally, one of the best hawk photos I’ve ever taken.

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It flew off across the field, across the road and caught a thermal and was gone. What a thrill!

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