|Carolina Wren family|
|Carolina Wren family|
|Baby Mallard - 5:21 pm|
|Mama Mallard - 5:22 pm|
After a few shots, I decided that I should try to capture a few shots from the yard. So I ran downstairs, with camera and corn, to lure them in closer.
|Baby Mallard - 5:30 pm|
|Mama Mallard keeping watch -- 5:30 pm|
|Baby Mallard - 5:31 pm|
|Mama and Baby Mallards -- 5:36 pm|
Satisfied that I had perhaps a few decent shots, I returned to the safety of the deck above as the mosquitoes below were vicious. From there, I tried to shoot the 25 or so kettling turkey and black vultures but I confess those shots were not worth saving. Then suddenly, a commotion began in some pines a little way down the street -- American Crows and Northern Mockingbirds were mobbing something -- most likely one of those hawks! Sure enough, here comes one of the Red-tailed Hawks with smaller birds in hot pursuit flying towards one of his favorite perch trees right across from my deck! Photo op!!!!! And I was ready -- clickity click!
|American Crow pursuing Red-tailed Hawk - 5:43 pm|
|Red-tailed Hawk and American Crow - 5:43 pm|
|Eastern Kingbird and Red-tailed Hawk - 5: 43 pm|
|Red-tailed Hawk arrived at his perch well-harassed - 5:43 pm|
|Mama Mallard watching for the hawk and guarding her chicks - 5:45 pm|
The smaller birds found the Red-tailed and continued to harass him. So he let out a blood-curdling scream, in proper Red-tailed fashion of course, and flew out from the perch tree over the deck and the house to another, less-favored perch tree across the street. I grabbed the camera and ran out the front door to follow the action. He was mobbed on that perch as well and so he left that perch also in very short order. Here are a couple more shots of the Red-tailed, speaking his mind, on his departing flight.
|Red-tailed Hawk screaming against the harassment of the smaller birds - 5:49 pm|
|Unhappy and harassed Red-tailed - 5:49 pm|
After watching the Red-tailed leave, I returned to the deck, where I took my final picture in this exciting 30 minute clickity-click sequence -- a calm, but perky little Carolina Chickadee -- at 5:51.
|Carolina Chickadee -- 5:51 pm|
I took 83 frames in 30 minutes and you have just seen the best! Hooray for my Canon digital SLR!