Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 09/08/2016


Photo taken on September  7, 2016


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Anne Elliott
Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis
E of Calgary
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Order: Falconiformes (or Accipitriformes
q.v.)
FZ200#4
7 September 2016
Alberta
Canada
birds
grass
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field
summer
bird of prey
ornithology
raptor
fence post
perched
avian
just down the road from Marsland Basin


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Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk
I overslept just half an hour this morning, but it was enough to result in unfinished descriptions. Our birding walk today was at the east end of Fish Creek Park, in the Sikome area and also a little way along the river, south of Highway 22X.

Yesterday, though, was much longer drive for me. A fellow birder had sent out an email to everyone, saying that he was going east of the city yesterday, to visit Lynn Gratz and her partner at Marsland Basin, and that anyone else was welcome to join him. This was enough incentive to make me do the drive eastward. I have been out there maybe three or four times before, but by carpooling. Yesterday was the very first time I had ever driven there myself. So much traffic and construction on the eastern edge of the city, so I really don't like that drive, until I am way past it all. I certainly hadn't intended doing a long drive like this is my new car, at least not until it has been 'broken in'.

The weather was beautiful all day and there were a fair number of birds, especially shorebirds in the water and on the mudflats. Too far away, really, for photos, though I did take some.

Just before I got there, I spotted this beautiful juvenile Red-tailed Hawk perched on a fence post. Didn't see it till was almost past it, and then I couldn't figure out how to put my widow down, lol, so had to turn around. Then I found that the Hawk was too low down because of a ditch, so I couldn't see it from the driver's seat through the passenger window. Silly new cars with the front console!!! In my old car, I could slide across and point out the passenger window, if needed. So, had to drive down the road and turn around again! This time, I found how to put down my window and managed three quick shots before it flew away. My photo is horribly blown out on the chest feathers, but better than nothing. These were really the main photos I took that afternoon - and by the time I had driven all the way back to Calgary, I was exhausted.

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Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Awesome details !!
2 years ago.