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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday November 4, 2012
Fall steadily advances and spreads her protective cover over the area. Most mornings are crisp, and I must wear my fingerless gloves in order to tote about and use my camera and tripod. By the time that midday approaches, it has warmed up enough to be quite pleasant.
Krider's Red-Tailed Hawk
The Red-Tailed Hawk was around a great deal this week, the most common hawk in North America. This one appears to be the Krider’s Red-Tailed Hawk, which is a specific race, a pink-tailed hawk from the Great Plains. At first, I never saw a pair together at the lake until Hallowe’en, which was a definite treat for me. A few screams were also given, which is what tends to be used for the sound of the Bald Eagle. The Bald Eagle does not scream.
Look at This Fish!
A Great Blue Heron was observed with a good sized fish in the middle of the lake, I believe about one of the largest that I have seen any of them capture. There are much larger fish in that lake, but I sincerely doubt that any of the birds can pick those up!
Northern Pintail Have Arrived
I also observed the Northern Pintails in the middle of the lake on Hallowe’en, too. I’ll continue to work on getting a better picture. Perhaps if I visit the Northern Reaches in the beginning of next week, I might have a better chance at seeing some there. It is a lot more sheltered and less prone to any activity, so that could be a better opportunity on the horizon. Do wish me luck in a better chance encounter.
Mallards and the Grebe
A pair of Mallards were in another sheltered area and in the company of one of the Pied-billed Grebes. I was able to get this early morning photo of all three of them, which also includes a fairly good shot of the grebe.
A few Double-Crested Cormorants were also in a suitable location near shore for me to be able to get a couple of them swimming together. These really are very good looking birds, and were quite common where I was living in Downeast Maine. Perhaps the familiarity draws me to them.
The cooler that it gets, the more that the American Crows are out on the lake. It might have something more to do with the lack of people, but I was able to get several better photos of one of them. They are definitely loud and many people have said that they make too much noise, but I have always liked the larger black birds. I consider them enigmas for their actions and reactions.
How About These Shots?
I’m also including a few noteworthy photos that I thought that you would enjoy. Since the weather is changing, I may not see many of these birds around too much. Not only birds, but a few others will likely think about hibernating, as well, so I’d better get these shots while I can.
Let’s see what is out there next week. In the meantime, keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding!