All Photos posted on this blog unless otherwise noted were taken by me with my Canon Rebel XTI using a 300 mm zoom lens

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter Raptors

Winter time at Farmington Bay is Raptor time. Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks that are present all year become very active, Harriers flying low looking for voles, and Red-tails standing watch from trees and power poles. Kestrels also present all year are in their most brilliant colors and also very active. Also present and more active are the Short-eared Owls and Barn Owls. The Swainson's Hawks who spend the summer have all flown to South America, Bald Eagles and Northern Rough-legged Hawks have moved in to take their place for the winter. Rough-legged Hawks in my opinion are the most beautifully marked of all the hawks as they sore above hunting for prey. The markings under their wings remind me of a beautiful Indian Head-dress. Here are some pictures of the Northern Rough-legged hawk. for more pictures of all the birds of prey check out my web albums .

1 comment:

dave and catie said...

These are stunning. How did you get these shots? Is that a stuffed animal?