Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The hawk immediately was mantling over the squirrel/prey. Mantling is the behavoir birds of prey display immediately after catching prey--spreading their wings and tail to hide it from other competing predators.
It works pretty good--can you see the squirrel?
You can see that the tail is not red in this juvinile Red Tail. That will take another year, as Amber Burnette mentions in her pictures of this bird on her blog site Avian Images. She thinks it is probably a male because of its small size.
Notice how ragged its feathers look. Maybe that is why it has been looking for food at our feeders.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Not the best conditions for photography, but try it anyway.
Suddenly the Junco disappeared from my camera viewfinder in a blur. I looked up to see where it had flown to and it was gone. All the other birds, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Goldfinches, were all acting normal.
Death is fast and unexpected for Juncos, but keeps hawks alive. And keeps me constantly at the camera.
This was very cool to watch and photograph, even if visibility was so poor because of the blowing snow and bushes. Not the best pictures, but an experience I feel privileged to have been able to observe.
Monday, December 6, 2010
The 38 eggs were about 8 inches below the top of the sandy soil on a nature center maintenance road. I dug a hole next to the eggs to expose them.