Raptors in the hood
On a short trip to drop my son off at school yesterday I spotted our local adult male Red-shouldered Hawk on his typical morning roost along a roadside wire. While I didn't stop and photograph him then, Austin and I did get a beautiful image of him in the same location just days before. The Osprey nest on the lights at the corner store was active with both adults perched up between school and home.
Then upon retruning home I found an adult female Merlin perched on a low dead snag diagonally across the street, after getting amazing shots of her I walked another half block to the Cooper's Hawk nest I can ALMOST see from my house and got one of my best Cooper's Hawk pics I've ever taken as well (all of these within 15 minutes of returning home)! Then the same evening I saw both of the red Screech-Owls nesting in the lot behind my house. It was a good day! :)
You can see images of all of these individuals BUT the Ospreys on the first page of my flickR site here:
http://www.flickr. com/photos/ 16435490@ N00/
As typical al lof these images were digiscoped with by mounting my point & shoot digital camera behind my spotting scope offering the equivalent of a 1,500 to a 3,000 mm lens!! If i'd had time to watch the sky I would have undoubtedly added Bald Eagle & Swallow-tailed Kite to the neighborhood day list. Still a great way to start off another work day!
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