This past week we had a day without rain. One glorious day with sunshine and temperatures in the stratosphere—we're talking 70°F baby. In March. BOOYAH!
While working in the back gardens I heard a bird's cry from the front. I grabbed my camera and ran. The sun was filtering in from the west and the bird was sitting high in the tree to the south. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 feet high. Usually a 200mm lens is good enough to get a clear shot but what with the glare and the distance and the surety that this big guy was ready to fly, I just shot until he flew away about a minute later.
All of the photos looked a whole lot like this.
I photograph birds because I like them. Same goes for flowers, plants, and other critters. I also like to zoom way in using editing software to see details. Not to publish, just to glimpse the beauty that I can't see with my naked eye. This? This was work. I can't begin to tell you how much I had to do to see much of anything. The finished products aren't much to look at, but they gave me a starting point to try to identify this hawk-like bird. My best guess is it's a broad-winged hawk.
Okay, you birders out there: what say ye?
As much as I enjoy the fun of attempting to correctly identify a bird I haven't seen before, I really love the little birds like this dark-eyed or slate gray junco that are part of the everyday fabric of my backyard tapestry.