Ok well... time to start posting the good pics from Arcadia wildlife sanctuary/connecticut river oxbow adventure yesterday


Starting with the most amazing thing I saw: Northern Harriers
There were two, a male and a female.

Really beautiful and amazing to see. They fly very low along the tops of the tall grass while hunting, letting the wind propel them silently.

Unfortunately none of my pics of the lighter gray male (?) in flight came out very well - it blends into the background too well for my autofocus to pick out, and was too fast for me to follow while manual focusing.
Really beautiful to see though. I'd seen the darker brown one a couple times last year but never managed to get any pictures.

Ok, now for smaller birds:
Eastern Phoebes
Palm warblers (?)*
Yellow-rumped warbler (?)

*There were a lot of these and they kept practically posing for me but not sitting still long enough to find and focus on, so I got a lot of funny shots of them like jumping out of frame or generally being a blur

Smaller birds continued:
That bluejay I posted on my alt yesterday...
Tree (?) swallows
Northern Flickers
Northern mockingbird

Okay and the last smaller birds:
Song sparrows
House sparrows

Now back to bigger ...
Turkey vultures...
Red-tailed hawk (?)
American Kestrel (actually that's very small, but still)

Okay, the last pictures from yesterday's adventure.
I didn't even notice the fishhook in the first one until editing. Unfortunate pollution from people fishing in a place that's supposed to be protected lead to a sort of happy accident - the image telling more of a story than I intended.

@masklayer Beautiful. I've only seen Northern Harriers a few times and never managed to get a photo.

@BobTarte Same actually, I saw this one last year a couple times. It was all luck that I got a decent shot this time really.

@masklayer Did you see the photo I posted a couple of hours ago of the male and female Pileated Woodpecker on our suet feeder? I can't repost the phto because I can only get wireless at our house (!!!) and I've got a data cap.

@BobTarte I think so, this one? birb.site/@BobTarte/9986404842 I boosted that one. Really nice clear + close up image of them!
I saw one of those last week literally in the parking lot at work (well, on a tree at the edge of the parking lot) I almost got a picture of it, but I accidentally had left my shutter speed set to 1/20 so it was shaky and too bright. But it's cool to know they're around.

@masklayer Thanks, Tom. That's it! I had my camera set up on a tripod outdoors focused on the suet. When the woodpeckers showed up, I used a wireless shutter release to get scads of photos of them.

@masklayer Other times I used a timer and take one photo a minute for about three hours. I've gotten some great feeder photos that way.

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