Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Special Red-Tailed Hawk

This is one of our favorite Red-Tailed Hawks - we have seen it for about 5 years now, from time to time.  When we go to this area  we don't always see it - and it usually is too far away for good photos.  These are by far the best photos I've gotten so far.  Sometimes we see the hawk but it is much farther away and my camera won't capture it well.
It is a partially leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk - meaning that is lacks pigments in many areas, but is not a true albino as that would mean it lacks all pigment and would even have pink eyes and beak.
The head and tail retain more of the usual coloring of a Red-Tailed Hawk

One day I hope to get a view from the front.  It is the most patient hawk I've ever photographed - it often sits for 10 to 20 minutes before flying off.
I can't tell you where we see this hawk, as there are those who like to claim rare birds as trophies and I want to keep this one safe, as much as possible.  
It is one of the most wonderful birds we've ever seen.
What rare or unusual birds have you seen?

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mud Hens

Mud Hens (American Coot) on a log in Lake Terrill.  The lily pads have already lost their leaves and flowers.
The Mud Hen is a distant relative of ducks and they don't have webbed feet.  Their feet are shaped like chicken feet, but they can swim well.
I'd never seen them gathering on a log before - usually they are swimming about.
A few swam - the rest were taking their leisure on the log.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Farms

A  ride in the country gives us stunning views of valleys, farms and the foothills.
How many farms can you count in this photo?

This is s closer shot of the red barn on the very right side of the first photo, with another farm to the right side.