Saturday, September 12, 2009

Morning Owls, Faraway Hawk








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Woke up before Sunrise, and couldn't sleep...well...could, but I was counting sheep....so, geared up, and paddled out!...at Creek's End, heard Hawk back the way I came at the Swath...went back and stood on the Creek bed gravel, and looked about...there's a tall Snag thereabout I was hopeful for...but no more calls...so back to Creek's End, and up the Diversion Channel...heard Owls...and heard Hawk faraway in Two Top Meadow too...thought to look for AspenAndCottonwood, and found them both by the Cattails...may have startled one....set up with the 20x and got some clips...and dim pics...and with the new camera some pics...I could have moved closer...but let them be..Blue Jays were enough aggravation!......was still hearing Hawk...so out to Two Top.....surprised to see it all in shade...the South Wall shadow is over the Meadow now...all the way up Rocky Point...this all between six thirty and seven...a late sunrise according to the daylight saving thing!...anyway....when I got to the Bike Path, I saw Raven chasing Big Wings across the Meadow at the Tree Line along the Merced...right by the Broken Cottonwood!....took a faraway pic maybe just to get a glimpse..and did find Hawk reviewing the pic tonight!...dont think Hawk is Falcon...I have trouble distinguishing the Calls of each....Hawk flew down to the Cottonwood...and I hurried to the Path thereabout, hopefull...but Hawk was gone when I got there...without the sunlight, the Little Birds are hard to photograph thereabout at this time...tried for Downy pics...and then heard Hawk across the River at Sentinel Beach...waded across...wet boots and pant legs...but call moved further away, across the Road!...and once over there...call was behind again out in the Meadow!...made a rest stop at Swinging Bridge...and out again following Hawk's call over to the Scorched Forest...craned my neck at Two Top Pine ...a little whitewash on the bark...would be very cool to see Hawk or Owl perched in Two Top Pine...just couldn't catch up with Hawk...went to Last Chance for Breakfast...and reviewed the Owl clips and pics...I was out and about for over two hours!...and back at the Cabin I had no trouble falling asleep!...drowsy all during work shift...at the lunch sit, saw Mama Doe and Two Fawns...clip and pics for sometime....and heard one call from Owl...but couldn't locate..took dinner with...and was somewhat taken aback how quickly the 'meat' Bees showed up..flies too.......will have to start making bag lunches to take to the sit...just not enough time to deal with ordering and cashier line!...sunny hot kinda cloudy...humid...I'll miss the low angled sun light across Two Top Pine Meadow...wont be like that again until late Spring I imagine...now is coming the season when the low evening sun light shines across the Meadows and up the Merced...a favorite 'lighting'!!....more light would have helped the slo mo clip of Owl taking off!...but by the time it's light enough...Cottonwood and Aspen are asleep!...kinda cool what the slo mo does to Blue Jay's and Owl's calls...Deer Mousey is getting very bold...paddling about the drawing table top computer top....inches away!

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