|Not the birds I was hoping to photograph|
As I was leaving the deer I could see out of the reservoir in the park. Two Bald Eagles were flying in close proximity to each other. As I walked back towards the car I wondered if I could get to the water's edge in time to see if they were heading to their nest. But what happened was ever better. They grasped talons and spun down towards the lake surface. It is apparently a mating game that eagles play. I've seen it several times in documentaries but I think this is a first for real life. They were much to far away to photograph so I just enjoyed the view in my binoculars. I did make it down to the waterside but they had separated and were keeping to themselves now. After a few minutes the cold wind we are having today drove me away.
Then this afternoon as I was checking the mail I felt a swift breeze o the back of my head. I turned and saw a Cooper's Hawk chasing a Mourning Dove down the street. The dove dove between two houses and got away. But they must have passed just a few feet behind me.
Later in the evening I heard a bunch of crows making a ruckus in the back yard. Crows seem to particularly enjoy mobbing birds of prey and the victim often takes off after a minute or two. But this time, the crows continued on for several minutes. While watching from the window I even saw a Great Blue Heron flying by drop down to circle the mob a few times and let out a croak or two. Since it had lasted so long I decided to try to go out and see who the crows were harassing. As I approached the mob I saw a Great Horned Owl sitting up in a pine tree. It finally had had too much and took off across the marsh. I ran out to the pier hoping to see where it went but the Owl, when crows in tow, flew all the way across the marsh and ended up behind a house directly below the sun. I could still hear the crows as I walked back to the house.
|Great Horned Owl (taken about a year ago in a local park)|