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costa's hummer

Friday, April 3, 2020

Lovely assassin


I had to go the pharmacy yesterday to pick up a script for Leslie. First trip out in two days.

When I came back and was just about to turn in to my driveway I thought I espied two birds on the telephone wire, right above my driveway, one showing a reddish chest.

I pulled in and there was this red shouldered fellow, watching my bird feeder like a hawk. Which is understandable, considering.

Along with his pal, the mockingbird. Just happened to have a camera on my seat.

As you can see, the mockingbird decided to scram. Why stick around?

Red shouldered and Cooper's hawks like to eat little birds. This was quite brazen for him, a new perch.

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The sun had not yet risen when I shot the picture on the masthead of the mother hawk sitting on her clutch.

Handheld, shot at iso, 4500, it was pretty noisy and the bird is not in perfect focus.

Will try to get a better one off the tripod soon.

2 comments:

island guy said...

Maybe one reason you are attracted to raptors is that they also have ‘big lenses’ and when you look at them they are fully capable of looking right back at you, no matter how far away you are.

Blue Heron said...

I think that we see the world pretty much eye to eye.