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Hawking again

Hawking again

We went out this morning to check for waterfowl on some open water in Riviere-des-Prairies east of Cap-St-Jacques park but were ill prepared as we hadn’t realised (checked ???) that skis or snowshoes were necessities to get close to the water so that was a bit of a wasted hour …

Meanwhile, chez nous, bird activity at the feeders was pretty limited all day. When this happens we assume that a predator is around – and yes there was. Just about to close the blinds at 5:30 as it was getting very dark and saw some movement at the base of a feeder.  Our old friend the Sharp-shinned Hawk (could be a Cooper’s, hard to tell them apart in this light, but likely a Sharpie from the high centre of gravity and, well, sharp shins) was once again filling himself with fresh Mourning Dove.  For what it’s worth, here is a hand-held photo taken through the window and heavily edited to get the exposure up enough to see any detail. ISO somewhere north of 3200, hence the extreme graininess. This is what we birding photography types call a “record shot”  🙂

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By | 2014-02-08T18:46:00+00:00 February 8th, 2014|birds, feeders, feederwatch, garden, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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