Friday, November 17, 2017

The hunter..

The most active and versatile hunter in the wetlands seems to be the Northern Harrier Hawk. They are the epitome of flexibility as they can stop and turn on a dime, drop on their prey silently, and contort themselves as they hunt just over the marsh grasses. While I have quite a few closeups of both male and female harriers, this shot represents them best to me....


Monday, November 13, 2017

Refuge Monday

Quiet and sunny although with smog building up. A lot of birders today, more than I've seen in a while.
The Red-tailed juveniles greeted me on the way in and out, Kestrel on Goose Egg Hill, and an owl in a Russian Olive tree. He was not easily seen but very cute.
Also saw a Rough-legged hawk, they come down from Canada for the winter starting about September. No good shots but enough to ID him.

On the way in.


Goose Egg Hill -


Pheasant hunter and his black lab...


Great Horned Owl.


A shallow water boat and duck hunter.


On the way out!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Refuge Thursday

Molly went to daycare today, I was hoping that she would get worn out as the walks in the refuge did not wear her out enough. But apparently not enough play so tonight she is still energetic.
Young and older Red-tailed Hawks were quite prominent today as were Northern Harriers. I have so many good photos of Harriers that I forgo taking a photo unless I can get something pretty dramatic. Not so with Red-tailed hawks. I usually get much closer to them than the Harriers so can often capture some good poses.
Kestrels were out today also, and a couple posed for me, briefly. The GBH's were out in force but only in one place - their quiet place during the hunting season. Mother Nature painted another beauty and a few miscellaneous photos came along for the ride.
Enjoy!

The Great Blues!


Mother Nature painting.


American Kestrel


Lesser Goldfinch feeding on dried seeds.


Dried beauty


The next two are the same hawk just looking different directions and processed differently.



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Refuge Cold Tuesday!

Molly needed a good run and I was curious to see if the alien was still there so off we went! No alien, lots of young red-tailed hawks, and gorgeous fall landscapes met us as we walked through the wetlands. Molly got some good exercise!

Both of these were on Goose Egg Hill..



Clouds and light and dark and color - wonderful!



Curious to see what we were up to..


Walking through the wetlands



Willow leaves swirled by water.



Monday, November 6, 2017

Cloudy day beauty.

Molly and I had another great day wandering around a part of the refuge yesterday. We see different things each time as well as some same things. Here's a couple of highlights from yesterday.

A possible alien? Nope, most likely a Western Screech Owl!



Ducks in flight - so beautiful.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Before the storms

Hanging out in the backyard with the kids and the birds here's a few shots that I like....

Junco juncoing.


Molly enjoys the sun


Fuzzy has settled in the leaf pile.


Spotted Towhee dropped by.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Flutter Bye

All sorts of butterflies fluttered by our backyard this summer, mostly little but a few big ones. Here's a small one that is quite gentle and elegant..