Tue, June 25

Coopers Hawk contemplating the selections on the menu

Yesterday morning as I was walking by a home that was well equipped with bird feeders I saw a young Coopers Hawk contemplating the selections on the menu as they came in to feed. Within two minutes he had made his choice and departed with breakfast in his talons. I got this shot of him just as he was leaving his perch to collect his meal for the morning. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your view) he swooped down below my sightline so I couldn't get a decent shot of breakfast being collected; I would say served, but I don't think his prey would agree with that euphemism. Looking at his perch and the lighting on his body and the fork in the tree in which he was, reminded me of Astro Squirrel so here is Astro Hawk.

Corky has been asking for Hummer feeders to be put back up, so later this morning they shall be returned to a good viewing location for her; loving to see birds of all kinds I will be putting up my own bird feeder too which should attract many song birds and tweety birds and thus provide a buffet for my raptor friends ... everyone will be fed and I should get more photo opportunities than I have had for a while.

We had a wonderful weekend and hope you did too. September is here and soon fall, my favorite season of the year. A time of impending rest and quiet ... brisk sunny days, cool nights, fall colors large strong but soft thermals and duck hunting with my camera down at the ponds and so much more ...

Share a smile with someone today ... it will make the day for each of you.



But from the brooding beauty of the night, and daily dancing shafts of golden sun ...

The mystery and wonder of the world ... that play the soundless music of the soul

And fill the heart with memory's olden dreams ... From these will come at last your faith in God.

Max Ehrmann