Thursday, October 11, 2007

Red Tail Hawk

I was headed home for lunch when I saw a hawk fly
up on a telephone pole by the Vets Home. Could not stop -
wrong side of road, traffic, etc.

So on my way back to work (40 minutes later)I almost took
the H9, but thought no way this hawk will still be there.
Lucky for me I have been carrying my H2.
Low and behold he was still there.

I carefully pulled over and took exactly 6 pictures with the burst
setting. Then he was gone.
All the pictures looked pretty much the same and
really weird because there is no background, the
sky was gray and did not show up. He was pretty
high up too.

He turned and took off. The last picture had been taken and
I was waiting on the camera to recover. That was the end of that.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Autumn in the back yard

Autumn can certainly be seen with the eye, but
summer still hangs around in PA where the
temperatures remain in the 80's. breaking records
for October. From my deck I can see the turning
of the leaves and one lone bale of hay.

The Playhouse also reflects the changing of the season.

I spent some time on the deck and in the backyard and
here are my findings.
This wren, who usually waits until Halloween to show
up is already here. Appears to be a Carolina wren, who
knows what he does in Pennsylvania, but he stays through
the winter.

All summer I was looking for butterflies. Now one shows up after the
zinnias are about bloomed out.

While the cat is away, chippy fills his cheeks full of seeds.

And, I was ever so interested in this activity at the apple
tree. I kept seeing the finches fly in and out, so I got
the binoculars and watched. They were actually
eating the apples.

I didn't realize birds eat apples, but I guess they do.

And then the surprise for the day. The hawk I see from time
to time came swooping in looking for a songbird for dinner.
He missed, but hung out long enough for me to get
a few pictures. I liked the way he hangs his head
down to watch for prey.

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