…And Then There Were Three

I just came in from taking hawk pics. The wind is blowing, the leaves on the adjoining trees, or those along the sight path were constantly getting in the way. The little guys were regularly shifting around and with the wind/interfering leaves thing I was lucky to catch a shot at all that had birds in it and not just leaves. Because of my less than adequate rig I have to take the shots with a 10 sec delay so vibration can settle down. Then the battery died. It is charging… and as it turns out my focus was off for the entire session. Which is a bitch.

Anyway, for a while I thought there was only one little hawk. Then I saw that there were two. Only after going through the pics I just uploaded into the computer did I notice this:

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No wonder they were moving around so much. There is hardly any room for them all! I haven’t been out to look at them in several days, I was astonished to see how big they are… Is it a bad thing to consider cutting down a couple of trees so I can get better shots? I am not sure how close I can get without getting into some serious hawk trouble. More to come, as I get them.

More Hawk Pics

I went out a few days ago and noticed for the first time, no one was home at the nest. I didn’t think much of it, looked again that evening and again no one was home. I got up the next morning and looked again and still no activity. I was beginning to assume there could be only one reason for the nest to have been abandoned, and it could only mean the young did not survive.

However just because I didn’t catch anyone at home, it did not mean the worst case scenario, it was mere coincidence. I have seen them several times of late and got a few pics. I was also able to verify at least one chick in the nest with a binocular observation. I thought I saw a wift of white the day previous but it was fleeting and it was not visible again. Today while I was out observing the nest I definately saw it again. A movement of a fluffy white, very downy looking, little hawk. It was as if it was trying to stand for a moment and just could not maintain, and fell back down. 

Once I was just out with binoculars and saw one of the parents hunched over, while it was facing away from me I got the impression from it’s behavior it was stripping meat from some poor critters carcass, though I did not have time to confirm it. I have a pic, though where it looks like a parent standing by with a small piece of critter to feed the young.

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Things are really starting to green up. The leaves are coming in quick, and with the wind blowing and trees swaying these leaves are proving to be difficult to get a good shot around. This was a rare finely focused shot, but a bit of green kept it from being a great shot.

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Stay tuned. I will keep after these guys until the little one/s are all grown up.

More Hawks!

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Got out today and manged a few pics throughout the day. This hawk doesn’t like to pose much, I was lucky to get a few broadside shots, unfortunately focus is proving difficult through my setup. Was windy today as well, the trees were swaying a bit, which made things interesting. 

I thought early on this morning perhaps there were babies in the nest as the hawk that is staying home to incubate was up and about, (I assume the female, but do not know this for sure, I have not heard of male hawks doing any incubating but must admit my ignorance on the issue)… but this hawk soon settled back in the nest and stayed there most of the day. I got one more decent shot (of many that were not so good) here:

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I’d damn near order me a nice Canon DSLR but the last thing I want to do is add more debt to any of my credit cards. My wife has a pretty nice Olympus camera but it won’t quite get close enough as this through the telescope shooting I am doing. Perhaps with time I can get better with what I have 🙂

Will continue to get shots as I can, I want to become a semi regular thing out there so they can sort of adapt to me being there. Hopefully the little ones will be along soon.