Today as I fixed breakfast Keegan and Keianna said, "Mommy there is a BIG bird out by the puddles!" There in the middle of our driveway sat a large hawk! We see hawks circling over-head almost daily, but I’ve not seen them on the ground often.
Strangely, hawks don’t look as magestic on the ground as pearched or soaring. On the ground he looked rather like–a turkey or something. I tried to creep up on him, but he flew up to the top of our shed. I caught him in flight as he took off:
All morning he stayed near our yard; going from telephone pole to shed to barn. I’m kicking myself for forgetting to give sufficient weight to the "shutter speed" part of the photography equation. The shot against the sky would have been clearer if I’d taken motion into account and frozen him in flight. Ah, well.
My inexperience with the camera failed to capture his glory, but our eyes took it all in!
(Aside on distance–I don’t have a telephoto lens for my camera. These were taken up close.. and the one with him overhead was resized to post here, but not cropped down much. He was just above my head, at very close range! GLORIOUS! )