mom and i spent the day together in lake wales. there are lots of things i will share about our visit to bok sanctuary. but that will wait.
early this morning as i was doing some hand watering something unusual caught my attention out of the corner of my eye.
it was this big guy sitting on top of my bird feeder of all places. yep... right out in the open in my back yard. it was an odd sight given the fact that he is almost as large as the feeder and it is situated in a vulnerable position for the hawk. since i already had my car packed for our day trip, i had to do a little hustling for my camera. even though the hawk was still perching on the feeder by the time i returned to the back yard-- he quickly flew to the ground as i rounded the corner trying to be nonchalant-- then he was up to an oak limb in one swift move and down again in my neighbor's yard where i captured this photo of its gorgeous backside. i'm still trying to capture one in flight. there are several of these pairs in our neighborhood and they were all over the place this morning.
following the hawk chase and its vacancy on the feeder, this carolina wren took up the lookout position. now normally seeing these little fellows isn't all that unusual around these parts, but it isn't their usual habit to frequent bird feeders. mostly they move quite quickly and foraging on the ground in and under the brush is their favorite way to gather breakfast. these small birds have an remarkably sweet song that fills the morning air.
i have oodles of photos from our beautiful day in lake wales i will get to as soon as i can.