Black-throated Blue Warbler

A little birdie whose existence I was unaware of, until I saw it ‘hopping’ about tree branches near the ground.

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Finding the Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yesterday I walked out of the house, towards the river. Lately I’ve been feeling slow and inactive. I did not want too walk far, once I reached the river I was satisfied. The weather has warmed up and there were many people taking the trail that morning. I sat by the river away from the people, a Canada Goose standing on the opposite shore of the river, making calls now and then but mostly just watching ahead and standing there for reasons I could not understand. After about 20min it was joined by another Goose. I sat there and read a some pages from Wild by Cheryl Strayed who walked the Pacific Crest Trail alone by herself.

On my way to and back from the river I captured some signs of Spring :

breakthrough
breakthrough
up and down the flower I go
up and down the flower I go
Spring against the sky
Spring against the sky
blue menace
a small blue bug close up

And the final treat I received was a first brief look at a Red-bellied Woodpecker that was too high on a tree to take a clear picture of:

Red-bellied woodpecker for the first time
Red-bellied woodpecker for the first time

Big wings, total focus

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Red-tailed Hawk with eyes on the prey about to launch itself

This photo could have been sharper and clearer but it’s a favorite of mine. I haven’t seen a hawk or a hawk photo in this exact split second before; I waited for it to make a move.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed hawk in flight, at Riverwood Conservancy, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

I was ecstatic after I captured this photo. I saw the hawk about a week back at the Riverwood Conservancy in Mississauga while going home from a meeting I had there. Saw the bird, changed the camera settings and waited a minute or two for the flight.

By the way, I’ve not seen hawk legs like that before.. They always hold their feet tight against their tails when they fly above. I was lucky this was shot almost at eye level. Also you can’t really see how sturdy the legs are when they sit perched.

I really love this photo.. it gives the illusion that it’s hanging in the air.. it’s not.. it’s a split second

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed hawk in flight