It was 65 degrees plus today, so I was fortunate to get a ride in between wind storms. Got a few nice shots along the way. Click on any photo to see full size. The hawk photo is uncompressed.
A hawk hanging out in a solitary tree near the path.
Waterfall on the St. Vrain River
This guy was beautifully poised up against the barn, until he saw me. He was two paddocks and a small field away from me, but rushed to the fence to get some attention. So I missed the shot I wanted, but still he is a cutie. He was offended I had no treats for him and soon shunned me after the next shot.
I do believe he is a mustang. His coloring is right, but he seems much bigger than the average mustang. It looks like I may be going to the Stock Show on Saturday. Between the riding lessons and this I may be turning into a cowgirl.
This fella (no clue as to the sex of this hawk, really) has staked out our bird feeder as a prime hunting spot. He spends a good part of his time here watching from a perch, and then springs into action, giving chase to a bird that has caught his eye. In all the time I’ve been watching he has had no success, and I think part of that is that he is also training the songbirds that gather here to be very careful. I’ve put up a set of hawk pictures on my Flickr stream, you can see them here.