[Tweeters] Skagit Harlan's

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Wed Nov 7 12:35:50 PST 2018

Over the years I have seen a number of Harlan's Red-tailed Hawks in Washington. I have found them to be very shy of people and as a result much more difficult to photograph than our typical (if there is such a thing) Western Red-tailed Hawk. A video (split into 2 for Flickr) I took on 11.5.18 shows a particular Harlan's to be not so shy when it comes to other raptors. There is always a danger of confusing facts with interpretation, but I am going to stick my neck out. The Harlan's in the video appeared to leave its perch on the ground to intercept a passing Northern Harrier. These 2 birds mixed it up a bit and then the Harlan's replaced a Western Red-tail on its perch as the Harrier departed. Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138163614@N02/

I also added videos of the Snow Buntings at Hayton Reserve. They were so tame, all I had to do was stand still and they approached me. It's nice to photograph a bird approaching as opposed to departing. By the way, to my knowledge, no one observed the Tropical Kingbird on 11.5 that was reported earlier.

Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com

"what are the costs to a society of an entire population conditioned to spend so much of their waking lives not in concentration and focus but rather in fragmentary awareness and subject to constant interruption?" - The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu

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