3 Hour Photo Trips – Backyard

Tonight’s trip was simply in the backyard.  Monica and I just walked around the backyard and took the camera along as always.  Except I learned a good lesson:  don’t be lazy, take the long lens.  So instead of the 200-500 lens I had the 70 to 300, and of course, a beautiful Red Tailed Hawk decided to rest high in the top of a dead tree in the far corner of the backyard.  Well, I was still able to get a few good pics, and from the look of the third picture in the mosaic, he was getting a good look at me as well.

We were out later than normal, especially since it is getting darker a little earlier every day.  However, I certainly can’t complain about the gorgeous blue sky background.  All of these photos are cropped, because of the lack of the long lens, so there’s a little loss of detail, but all in all, a fun night birdwatching and being “bird watched.”

Even more interesting was the feather that Monica found – possibly the tail feather from this very hawk.  I can just picture this predator swooping down from this perch and grasping a squirrel in his long talons, and after a little struggle…the rugged Red Tailed Hawk had his meal for the day.   All it cost him:  one tail feather.  What a set of pictures that would be!

One of my main goals with this blog series is to show that you don’t have to go to some far away land to get great pictures of amazing animals.  From your own backyard or going on a short drive, you can always find some amazing photo opportunities.  Until then, I hope you enjoy my pictures and the memories I try to share.

If you like today’s pictures or any of my pictures, please leave a comment and let me know.  I had two amazing things happen in this first week of my blog.  Someone from Ireland viewed my page, and if that isn’t cool enough, one of our favorite professional photographers, Mark Smith, visited my page as well.  How awesome is that!

So until next time, Enjoy Our Wonderful World!

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