Nature Photography

Two Raptor Days/Nights

I went to Barr Lake Last evening and took some photos of birds and the sunset.  As I was driving out of the park I noticed a Great Horned Owl flying up to the top of a tree along the lake.  It was well after sunset, but there was still a faint bit of light.  I took some photos and I tried to bring out the details (unsuccessfully).  But I did get some good silhouette shots.  This morning, I opened the back door to let the dogs out and there, in front of me, was a Red-tailed Hawk sitting on the fence looking at me.  As I stood there, it kept trying to see how it could get to my dogs, craning it’s neck to see them.  I did not let them out and I went out to shoo it away.  It went over to my neighbor’s fence, but still keeping an eye on my house.  I texted my neighbor who tapped on her window, and he flew the other way, landing on the roof two houses away.  The dogs were dying to go out, so I went out with them.  As soon as we went out, the Hawk flew back toward our yard.  I stood out there waving my arms like crazy and yelling at it to go away.  It went back to my neighbor’s fence.  We went inside, and I’ve been checking everywhere before I let the dogs out. They are small.  It might not be able to pick them up, but it could do a lot of damage with those talons!

7 thoughts on “Two Raptor Days/Nights”

    1. My son wondered if it was a Goshawk. I guess there are some of those around here, but I’ve never had the luck to see one. Bald Eagles should be arriving soon. I can’t wait!


        1. Oh, I absolutely will! Last year I spent hours watching them catch fish, but I was in a bad place for photos. I have my spot all picked out now. I just hope they don’t pick a different spot on the lake!


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