Last Day of Autumn

I just felt like a needed a long walk on this, the last day of Autumn 2007.  I put the 500mm lens on the camera – the one Norm Karp loaned me.  I hadn’t gone but a few yards down the trail when a hawk flew by and landed in a tree.  I snapped a few shots… then it took off.  I followed it and snapped a few more.  None of the shots came out particularly well…  but good enough that I think it’s a Cooper’s Hawk.  What do you think?

Hawk2 Hawk1

Winterberry HollyI also took a picture of this Winterberry Holly using the long lens.  I’m afraid I just can’t get very consistent results with it.  I don’t think I’ll be looking for one like this!  I switched back to my kit lens and sometimes added the 10X closeup lens and had a lot more fun.

Forever Bridge


Here is the “Forever Bridge”.  That’s what my daughters dubbed it once when they were very young and I made them cross-country ski across it on a windy, cold day.

And here’s a harvestman that was actually crawling on top of the snow:

Harvestman on Ice

It was a very pretty day for a walk.  Tomorrow is officially winter… and the daylight returns.  Whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of year, may yours be joyous and nature-filled!  Blessings to you!

6 thoughts on “Last Day of Autumn

  1. It does look like a Cooper’s Hawk, but perhaps an immature one? At first I thought it could be a Northern Harrier, but I don’t see a white rump. (Don’t I sound impressive; one would never know I have a bird guide in my lap as I am writing!) 🙂

    May you and your family have a safe and happy holiday!

  2. Looks like an accipiter sp. to me. The rounder head and white terminal tail band are, I think, good for Coopers vs. Sharp-shinned, but I’m on vacation and don’t have a field guide handy, so I could have one or both of those marks backwards. I know, very helpful!

    I love the bit about “Forever Bridge.” Too cute 🙂

  3. Indeed, it’s an immature Cooper’s Hawk. For a perched bird in a nicely cropped photo like this, it can be difficult to judge size and proportion. Whatsmore, the tail on this bird looks fairly squared off – easily within the range of “square-i-ness” that could make someone incorrectly conclude it’s a Sharpie. But a better character to focus on is head shape and proportion. Cooper’s almost always show a little peak to the feathers where the top of the head meets the back of the head, created a slightly crested or square-headed profile. It makes the head look relatively big and blocky. Sharpies almost always show proportionately smaller, round heads – almost dovelike in shape.

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