And it just keeps getting better.

Posted: October 19, 2020 in birds
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Tuesday I shared the excitement of seeing my first roseate spoonbill at the Preserve. Those in charge put out a map (I still don’t know which lake is which number) with a list on the back of all the birds that might be/have been seen there and indicating whether or not the bird is there year-round and how rare a sighting is. “A” is the last, rarest sighting designation for “accidental”, meaning it’s very unusual and that’s what the spoonbill is.

Even though I would have considered my day complete with that sighting, I had yet another surprise in store. As I wandered along a small back path, another hiker told me that back and just across the path was a falcon. I hustled over, finding the spot easily by the several birders with binoculars, long lenses, or fingers all pointed in the same direction.

The “falcon” turned out to be an osprey, another bird that’s been on my mental list of birds I’d like to see and this handsome fellow with the piercing gaze didn’t disappoint. He seemed happy to pose for us on a nearby branch. One birder was unhappy not to get a shot of the osprey in action while another regaled us with the description of a photo he got of an osprey catching an enormous fish. Me? I was thrilled to add this to the spoonbill sighting! Quite the looker, isn’t he, even though not rare or unusual here.

P.S. I’d love to see a falcon one day, too, and they have been seen. πŸ™‚

  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    Ah, an exciting adventure. How grand to capture this magnificent bird.

  2. macmsue says:

    An absolute beauty.

  3. I think you have found your new favorite walking place. πŸ™‚

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    Wow … a beautiful capture. Well done!

  5. Amy says:

    Wow… Amazing capture, Janet!!

  6. Wow! So incredibly beautiful!

  7. restlessjo says:

    He’s a solid looking chap, isn’t he? Glad you’re happy with your new environment, Janet. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Pretty much, Jo. Pros and cons to everywhere and I try very hard to concentrate on the pros. I do love seeing new birds and plants and look forward to seeing what I see during the next half year.

  8. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful bird and great capture, Janet. πŸ™‚

  9. Resa says:

    My new boyfriend! Great shot, Janet.

  10. Su Leslie says:

    I’m so pleased for you Janet. We went to a sanctuary for native birds of prey a few years ago and I was so taken with the falcons there. Your osprey is magnificent.

    • I was quite happy, that’s for sure. I love birds of prey, so it was great to see this one. The paper says there are sometimes several sorts of falcons, including peregrine, so I’ll keep hoping. πŸ™‚

  11. de Wets Wild says:

    Wow, Janet – what an imposing bird and in such a regal pose!

  12. Prior... says:

    Oh how fun and your post made me happy because it whispers about how community is interacting again and the world is slowly opening up (with safety measures in place) and the osprey feathers are so sleek and soft looking in the nice portrait you shared

  13. Wonderful capture, Janet. He posed beautifully. 😍

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