Sunday, March 16, 2014

Birds on Signs

Patty had Presidents day off in February (I didn't). So she went birding with a friend. One of the places they visited was the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR. There they saw and photographed a young peregrine falcon that had developed the habit of perching on the signs along the refuge road.

Seeing her pictures prompted me to make the trip the following Sunday (she came along). And sure enough there was the bird perched on the sign. We pulled up and I started firing away.

There was just one problem. In our excitement we didn't notice that this was not a peregrine falcon. It wasn't until later that we realized that it's a red-tailed hawk.

This is a peregrine falcon.

Perched on the sign. At the Forsythe NWR. Just like it supposed to be. The bird flew up and landed on the sign as I was taking the two distant owl pics in this post. It didn't stay long and I wasn't able to get quite as close as with the red-tail. 

And about that bird that Patty saw that started this all? Well, there's a reason she's won the DVOC photography contest twice. Here are two of her images of the peregrine falcon.

The girl got skills.

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