Blue Heron in flight

Sunday, March 5, 2023


The valley is getting very hawkish. The red tailed parents are taking turns minding the nest in the tall sycamore tree, preparing for this year's brood. I have seen a plethora of Cooper's hawks and kestrels in the Santa Margarita River valley of late. Everything is amping up for the advent of spring.

As I drove home the other day, I espied the red tailed hawk on the tall dead tree that acts as a de facto sentry in our valley.

I had my camera on my seat and took a few shots. Unfortunately my shutter speed was set for stationary objects and I could not quite grab the perfect picture on takeoff. But as a wise man once said (or should have said) damn the perfect, let's settle for the good. The Sigma zoom came through once again.

I got to the nest just in time to see the male hawk fly away.

We are less than a month away from hawk babies and it should be fun, like always!

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