In the past few days I have been making frequent trips to my favorite birding haunts. The fall migration still is a bit slow here as I have been waiting for the winter birds, i.e. waterbirds, ducks, etc. But having said that I have spotted at least two Osprey that have been hanging around, and I have been able to get decent photographs of them. Here is one that I got today. Ann was with me and we spotted it high atop a tree on a leaf-less stub. Apparently his appetite had been sated as he was just preening himself.
Yesterday my friend, Charles Yuker, had asked to go with me as he had bird photography questions and wanted to pick my brain. We had crossed the river near Spring Creek Park and were on a little lane when he said, “There’s and owl!” It was on a mesquite tree branch on his side of the car, out of my sight because of my car’s roofline. I stopped immediately, and we assessed the situation, not wanting to startle the bird. Since I could not see it yet, I opted to drive very slowly on for another 50 yards, then stop the car so we could look back.
We got out of the car, and crept along the treeline by the river, keeping in the dark shade. Fortunately, initially it had been facing away from the car, so it had not seen us up until this time. We started shooting, and it kept watching us for any agressive moves. We took several images and I have posted one below for you. As we decided to return to the car, the owl then decided he had enough and it headed elsewhere as well. It took to another tree about two hundred yards away, but not in a good position for satisfactory photos.
But seeing these birds and a few other regulars, are keeping my enthusiasm alive in anticipation for things to come. They definitely made our day. Click on any image to see nice enlargements.