It’s been a cold, cold winter. Maybe its just because I’m getting older, but I wasn’t as enthusiastic about going for long hikes in the cold this year. But this weekend was beautiful. The wind kept a lot of the birds hunkered down, but we had highs in the 60’s again. Once the wind lets up a bit, it will be incredible weather to go find some birds.
I did manage to get outside a little bit. Here are some geese, a red shouldered hawk, and an eastern bluebird that all were enjoying the weather with me.
This bluebird was pretty close to us. I was walking with my son and spotted this bluebird fluttering around, enjoying the sunlight. It showed off its gorgeous rust-colored breast and then turned around to show us its beautiful blue back. He hopped a little closer, but then flew off before I could get another shot.
Red Shouldered Hawk
Right before we spotted the eastern bluebird, we saw three hawks making lazy circles in the sky. Yeah, this is Oklahoma. I’m always amazed at how quickly they can disappear, even without flapping a single time. They were there and then gone. Luckily, one of them returned. It hung in the sky just above us, like it was posing for me. I was a bit over-zoomed at times and had trouble tracking it, but still managed to get a few good shots.
And then there were the geese. There are always geese, so they aren’t very exciting to shoot. Don’t tell Pete, but I really like geese. They have such funny personalities. They’re also predictable. When you hear them start to make a ruckus, it usually means they are coming in for a landing. Those are always opportunities to get some fun shots.
Geese aren’t really graceful, so there is always a lot of flapping and splashing happening on impact. A lot of time they land in groups. The ones we saw on our walk came in together in a very large flock. Although they landed in very predictable ways, I was a little too far away to get the shots I would’ve liked. It was an impressive display of formation flying, with small groups breaking away from the larger group to come in for a landing while the others continued to circle overhead. Yeah, they are goofy and abundant birds, but there’s still something cool about watching them in action.