Northern Goashawk

It had been a fairly uneventful day on the photo front at Reifel. Toward the end of the day while walking along the inside grassy trail the numerous Robins and some Flickers suddenly scattered. The reason became clear as I then saw the Northern Goshawk streaking through the trees. This carried on for a few minutes without the Goshawk catching anything.

Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk

The Goshawk then alighted briefly on a branch over the trail providing this photo opportunity. While not ideal, it is the clearest photo I have managed so far of this winter visitor at the sanctuary.

Northern Goshawk

A change of pace in the weather while helping out at Reifel this afternoon. It was overcast with a light rain and nowhere near the number of visitors the last few nice weekends had brought out.

One bird that has eluded me since first being sighted at the beginning of the month is the Northern Goshawk. It has been seen in a few different locations in the sanctuary. I started off my walk along the east dyke trail and from there made my way to the centre dyke trail. On nearing the south end I spotted the Goshawk briefly roosting up high. It then moved off back in the direction I had just come from. I backtracked to the trail that leads to the blind off the centre dyke, relocated the Goshawk and got a good look. Unfortunately I did not bring my long lens today anticipating it to be wetter than it was. I did have my 70-300mm on the camera under my jacket and managed a distant record shot.

About 20-30 minutes later as I was starting out along the outside dyke from the southwest corner the Northern Goshawk flew into a tree right in front of me.

Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk

This provided for even better viewing and photo opportunity. Too bad it was such a gloomy day and for all the branches between me and the bird. Now I just have to hope it sticks around and provides further opportunities on a nicer day.

Eagles, Goshawk & Peregrines

Too nice of a day not to get out for a walk. While I did manage a few other photos, the most cooperative subjects this afternoon happened to be birds of prey. Fist up,

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

… was this Bald Eagle pair enjoying the sunshine. Next was the Northern Goshawk. A few days ago I had it in a good spot, but with bright grey skies behind.

Northern Goshawk
Northern Goshawk

Today the conditions were better, unfortunately it was quite some distance away. Then at the end of day on my way back to the car,

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

… this Peregrine Falcon pair showed up briefly. Not the best of shots as the only angle on them was through some branches. Still fun to get as this was the first time I have seen a pair together.