Yes, this is yesterday's post ... better late than never! Sometimes life just happens! However, in living life, we didn't really wake up to so called spring yesterday ... it was
-15C first thing in the morning!!! What's up with that? Still very much snow covered and frozen, there is a few of us out on the prairies that might argue against global warming these days (especially when there is more snow in the forecast and temperatures are to remain COOL!).
However, spring must be trying to arrive as the raptors are finally returning! I've seen them slowly returning over the past week. I love raptors! I could just photograph them everyday! Such incredible birds! These aren't great but I find them hard to photograph when they first migrate back ... they are always so unsettled!
Rough-Legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
These beauties nest in the arctic and are migrating through, although we are fortunate to have some overwinter (there were many last year).
Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
This fellow was not going to have anything to do with me! Summer is just not the same with out the powerful, descending screams of a red-tailed hawk!
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Aaaah ... my favourite!!! This beauty of a beast was soaring way up in the sky ... a long, long stretch for my pitiful little lens. However, this light phased Swainson's Hawk was indeed a welcome sight! These incredible raptors undertake the longest migration of any of our raptors. Many of them winter as far south as the southern tip of South America!! That is an amazing migration!