Everyday Sunshine: Get Close
One of these sentiments is a lie.
• Birds are beautiful.
• Birds are fascinating.
• Birds are always too close, prancing around resplendent in their finery and vexing the close-focus on your suddenly useless binoculars. (perhaps if you turned them around?)
Well, go ahead and brush those goldfinches off your laptop and enjoy a closer look some other feathered friends.
Snowy Egret brushing past as if I wasn’t there… how rude.
Ring-billed Gull brandishing a pulsing orbital ring.
Baby Red-shouldered Hawk puts on its game face after falling from the nest.
Northern Harrier bristling rictally.
Black-headed Grosbeak unkempt in the rain.
An intimate moment at dusk between a Red-tailed Hawk and an expired gopher.
Sharp-shinned Hawk slowly getting blood-red angry. It takes them 4-5 years to become furious.
Wild Turkey. Damn.
Anna’s Hummingbird revealing reptilian roots.
This pinecone seems to be alive.
A Mute Swan spends most of the time hiding its lower lip.
Don’t let anyone tell you Turkey Vultures are ugly. This one is a stunner.
Young Red-tailed Hawk in all its solid raptorial glory.
For me this counts as getting close to a Great Gray Owl, a bird I’d love to get closer to, but respect enough to leave in peace.
And now I shall do the same for you. Until next time…