November 13, 2016

November 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

It's unbelievable how quickly weekends go by. I took Friday off due to it being Veteran's Day and even with that extra day off, it went fast! I went out both Friday and Sunday to look for wildlife to photograph. Both days I hit up multiple locations and did a ton of walking. On Friday I walked over 6 miles while carrying all my heavy equipment and today I walked over 7 miles with that same equipment. It's official, my feet and arms hurt!

I spent both days searching high and low for wildlife to photograph, but didn't have too many opportunities. It's a quiet time this time of year, although, hopefully that will soon change.

Although, I can't complain because I did have a really good highlight this afternoon. After I left Peach Hill Park to go home and take a little break, I saw an immature red tailed hawk on the ground. I pulled my car over and stood behind it with my camera. The hawk didn't stay on the ground for too long when it flew up and landed on a road sign, right in front of me. It posed so nicely and I snapped a ton of shots before it decided to move higher up onto a utility post. I repositioned myself and got some shots of him/her posing for me in the second spot. After a short while, it flew again, this time right over my head and landing on another post right above me. I was so nervous to move because I didn't want to scare it off, so I very slowly walked by and tried to walk away from it so I wasn't looking directly up. Apparently I was successful because it just stayed there and posed for me while I took a few more shots. Eventually I walked away and just left it sitting there. It was such a glorious moment.

After I got home and uploaded my photo's, I noticed a little blood on his/her beak. Yep, this hawk must have just finished a meal and was content to pose for the photographer! Not much else happened today, but this one fantastic opportunity made my day out and about a true success!


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