March 28, 2021:

Backyard Treat! (Continued):

As promised, here are several of my favorite images from the second half of the backyard Red-shouldered Hawk action from March 20th.

Depicted are the two hawks immediately after mating, the male flying off, and the female devouring the small frog which she had caught, and then flying back to the nest.


Stay safe and have a great day!

March 27, 2021:

Backyard Treat!

For the next couple of days, I’d like to interrupt my March 8th visit to McAlpine Creek Park, in order to share a special treat provided by Mother Nature.

In the early afternoon of March 20th, the first day of Spring, the Sun poked out, after having been absent for several days.

So I went out in our backyard woods with my camera, especially looking for raptors.

To my delight, within a few minutes, the female Red-shouldered Hawk, which is nesting in our yard, flew to a high perch, with a small frog in her talons!

Before she had a chance to devour her lunch, however, her partner landed beside her on the branch, climbed onto her back, and they mated!

Subsequently, he flew off, she consumed the frog, and then flew to their nearby nest.


What a treat!

This was the first time that I have observed and photographed raptors mating!

Today, I’ll share some of my favorite images from the first half of these activities.

Tomorrow I’ll share photographs from the second half of the action.


Stay safe and have a great day!

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