Local Fishermen

December 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm 5 comments

This pair has spent every afternoon for the last two weeks fishing in our backyard.  I wonder if they’ve got a nest somewhere nearby?

In other news, Santa brought me a new video camera and here’s the first crappy bit of video I shot:

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  • 1. Rob McMillin  |  December 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Mmm. I have been lusting after this, but they won’t sell me one (U.S. release date still uncertain). It would be interesting to bring my long lens out to your back yard and see what I could see of those fellas.

  • 2. SmartDogs  |  December 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I can see why you’d lust for that!

    Red Wing is an excellent place for eagle watching – and bird watching in general. One of our city parks is a popular spot for photographers and tourists. It’s common to see several dozen of them fishing there at the same time on a cold day and sometimes they perch in trees right over the river walk.

    Our place is about 15 miles from the park and 2 1/2 as the eagle flies, from The River. From what I understand, this is farther than they typically range for food, so I think they are our new neighbors.

  • 3. Rob McMillin  |  December 31, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Here’s an example of the local raptors — mostly Cooper’s hawks. Out further into the desert you start getting red-tailed hawks, but over near NWS Seal Beach (walking distance) you’ll see several Cooper’s out circling, looking for a ground squirrel or three.

  • 4. Rob McMillin  |  December 31, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Also, this do-it-yourself Thanksgiving from three years ago.

  • 5. SmartDogs  |  December 31, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Very cool.

    Red-Tail Hawks nest in the pines behind my training building and we have lots of owls. I love listening to the owls at night – but they have a somewhat disturbing habit of leaving miscellaneous guts and severed heads in our yard.

    One of the Barred Owls is very tame and a few times the dogs and I have walked up to less than ten feet of him/her. Heather joked that he was just luring Audie (then a puppy) in for a snack.

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