Sunday, September 16, 2012

End of the Breeding Season?

Has the end of the breeding season finally come? Good question!

What I do know for certain, is that some birds are just completing their parental responsibility. This afternoon a pair of Northern Cardinals came to the backyard with a fledgling, providing me with the opportunity for this series of photos ...

Northern Cardinal - fledgling begging

I was unable to get to Putney Mountain today. But yesterday, a young Red-tailed Hawk showed its prowess when it tucked its wings and dove below the ridge. Shortly after, it circled over the valley, carrying the fruits of a success hunt. When not being buzzed by a Sharp-shinned Hawk, it fed on the wing.

Red-tailed Hawk - juvenile with prey in its talons
Red-tailed Hawk - juvenile feeding on the wing

Good birding!!

6 comments:

Bill S. said...

Great pictures. The Red-tailed appears to be eating as it is flying away. Great captures.

elcamperoinquieto.com said...

Nice Buzzard pic!
Saludos.

Monique et Daniel said...

Fascinant de vérité!

Dina J said...

Great catch on those cardinals! Such a beautiful red.

Dan Huber said...

Great pictures Chris.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

So cardinals are still parenting -- I thought that time had passed. Everyone of your shots are fantastic. The hawk feeding on the wing is incredible.

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