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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Raptors

Eagles and hawks seem to be more abundant than ever before.  I saw more eagles here in Frederick County in 2012 than during any previous year.  It is heartening to observe what I consider a positive trend in the population of these large and interesting birds.  My last blog update featured a Kestrel.  This one has photos of two Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles and a Northern Harrier. In the first photo I clicked the shutter just as the bird was landing on a small branch…


Luckily it allowed me time to take a few more shots before taking off…



This Northern Harrier permitted me to photograph it from both the front and back before deciding to find another perch…



A second Red-tailed Hawk was perched in a Sycamore tree...


 
This adult, and juvenile, Bald Eagle were found in a field with a small pond and stream nearby…
 

 
The eagles in the final photos are perched protectively near their nest.  Although no eggs have been laid yet, they want to be sure no intruder tries to take advantage of their hard work by claiming the nest…

 
I hope that you are seeing and enjoying raptors as much as I am.

1 comment:

  1. Nice series. You have much patience and a good eye. I too have noticed an increase of Red tailed hawk and eagle activity here in Central FL as well. They are both magnificent creatures. Keep up the fine work! -R Keith

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