Of course, where would I walk other than somewhere in nature. This walk was in the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. I covered a couple of trails that I hadn’t been on before, but I’m still not comfortable enough to veer off a path in case I get lost. On the way home I bought myself a compass to carry with me in the hopes that this directional challenged senior will be able to go a bit further.
Anyway – there were no Great Blue Herons in sight.
I was just about to leave, but decided to wander back to where I have seen the Herons before and instead of Herons, I found a Cooper’s Hawk with a big meal.
I was told that the prey was a Ring-necked Dove
I was standing back quite a bit and using my zoom (also cropping the photos was involved). A couple of people were walking by and I pointed the bird out to them in the hopes that they wouldn’t disturb the hawk, but they kept on walking. The hawk flew off with the prey, but landed not far away in a sunny location, so I snapped a few more photos.
After a few more photos from a distance, I walked away without disturbing him any more. That would be a big meal for him. The Dove was almost the same size as the hawk.