Those of you who have been visiting my blog know that I’ve been trying to find some white-tailed bucks over the last several weeks. I even went out very early Christmas morning looking for Rudolf.
I had planned to go again this morning because it’s the first day of the new year. There shouldn’t be many people out and about very early, especially today. However; because it was only 16 degrees out there with a slight wind, I almost didn’t go. It was so nice and warm in the kitchen. The coffee was really good! And, well, it was damn cold out there!
I argued with myself and finally said “Get your butt out there before the sun comes up! You won’t photograph anything sitting around here drinking coffee!” Am I ever glad that I did. Below is the first deer that saw me!
Look at his rack. The tines closest to the center of his head are huge! His rack almost looks like a crown. Below is the second one that I saw.
His rack is more spread out and larger than the one above. While each is unique, both are beautiful. WOW!
The sun was not up and I was trying to hand-hold the shot at a shutter speed of 1/25th of a second which is why the photos are a little softer than I like. Trying to keep 10 pounds of camera and lens dead still with freezing hands is not easy! I just may have to break down and get a monopod.
During the next two hours of hiking, I only saw does. I seem to have no trouble finding does. They are beautiful too but I was looking for bucks. No more were to be seen.
However just as I was about to leave, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk all puffed out trying to stay warm. I just couldn’t resist taking its photo. As I did, I thought it looked familiar.
When I got home, I looked at some photos I took in March of a hawk. You may recall the post, “Coyotes or Hawks.” I think it may be the same hawk I took photos of back then! It has the same kind of cow-lick like feathers on the back of its head. I’ve never noticed that on any other Red-tailed Hawk.
I didn’t want to disturb it so I didn’t get too close. Below is the photo I took in March 5th.
You can see the cow-lick that I’ve mentioned. What do you think? Is it the same Hawk? If it is, that is so very cool!
Those of you who know me, know that I love to photograph eagles, owls and hawks so this capped a wonderful New Years Morning for me. The New Year has already started off just GREAT!
I hope you and yours have had a wonderful New Years Morning and day too.
I wish you all a very Grand and Prosperous New Year!
Thanks for coming by!