But before we get to the Harrier there was the moment of wondering just how a Sandhill Crane got over a fence that he was hard up against.
See him near center? Yes he has red at the top as do the metal fence posts on other side of him.
Up in place he goes.
A slight curve to the right.
Back toward the fence.
It looked almost as if he did a bounce on the wire with his feet but it might well have been a bounce up from the wings.
And a landing as pert as you please.
And waits some more. And then I look away.
| And off she strides without looking back.|
And keeps going....
And then they both duck their heads to eat....
Just as the Canada Geese appear...
The lead geese seem to be getting into a scrum.
And suddenly the lead two start to veer away.
The Gander calls madly after them but they don't turn so he follows.
And then there is nothing but twigs.
I look up and there is a Red-tailed Hawk, likely a formel by the wing span, seemingly out of nowhere.
She makes a right turn.
Goes into a glide.
And lands in a tree. See her? Tallest row of tree just past center of the photo. She is landing far left, a third of the way down.
See her now?
She is a very big girl and, something I rarely see here, she's wearing a band. She continues to check me out.
The her head goes up. She has spied something else of interest.
It goes left.
She turns right.
And suddenly she's preening.
Then she flips abruptly back around with focus.
And she's off!
MUCH MORE TO COME...