Saturday, January 30, 2016

Red-tailed Hawk and White-tailed Deer

Friday was a foggy morning but the kids and I decided to drive down to Sachuest to see what we could find..  Driving up the entrance road to the sanctuary, a bread-tailed hawk flew down and landed in the field to our left.  It immediately flew back up to the roof of the equipment building.  We were able to get set up and take pictures of the red-tailed hawk.  The hawk then flew to the roof of the visitor center where we got some additional photos.
Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Walking down the Ocean Loop Trail, in the waters of the bay, there was a large flock of sea ducks, who were too far out to photograph.  In the field, there were deer and close to the trail.  There was one deer feeding, probably a first-year deer.  As a person walk by the deer.  It did not even look up and kept on feeding.  We walk slowly down and were able to photograph the deer within 10 feet.  The deer would look at us and said "oh well", went back to feeding.
White-tailed Deer

We continued on the loop seeing more deer in the fields and more rafts of ducks out on the ocean, although there were too far away to get decent photographs, but could identify them.  We had harlequins, lesser scaup, greatest scaup, Bufflehead, goldeneye, common eiders, horned grebe, and common loons.  We watched them, hoping that they would swim in closer to the shoreline, but spent the time further out.  Interesting, on the Island rocks, there were no cormorants and only one gull.  Walking back to the visitor center, there was another young deer feeding on berries right along the side of the path.  We walked slowly past the deer so we could take pictures, looking at the deer and we were so close if we wanted to we could almost pat the deer.  After finishing eating the deer gallop down the path showing its white-tail up in the air.
White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Returning to the visitor center, the red-tailed hawk was sitting on the top of the flagpole.  It kept looking around looking for food.  We knew eventually it would fly, so we set up a lenses and tripods, I move my focus point to the far left and said it focused on the bird because I knew it would fly toward us to land in the field.  After 15 to 20 minutes, the hawk defecated and took off into the fields, and gave me some nice photographs.
Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

In the field, the hawk was jumping around trying to catch either a vole or a mouse but missed catching anything and then flew away.
Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

It was another nice day and the skies cleared up in the sun came out.  However, when we got home and I was walking up the stairs.  I tripped over and hit my head on the front door and now I have a big goose egg on my four head.  It looks ugly but does not hurt.