Hawk-eye

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No way I would have noticed this hawk sitting perfectly still in the greenery if it had not just flown in front of my car before landing there.

Love the fierce eye.

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We were looking at people’s landscapes on Harbor Point Road in the Snug Harbor area of Stuart yesterday because we are working on our own landscape now and trying to get ideas.

I stopped the car and shot a few pics out the window. Husband John kept an eye out for traffic. I happened to have my superzoom bird camera with me, though I’ve been lazy about that lately, this long, hot, hurricane-filled summer-into-fall.

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I think this is a young Cooper’s Hawk.

Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wingbeats followed by a glide.

Don’t you feel the day is special somehow when you see a hawk?

Bird walk

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Crow on a picnic table by the Indian River Lagoon, Town Commons in Sewall’s Point.

I took the dog for a walk the other day and brought my camera, poking around for a few birds.

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Osprey flying out of a tree, carrying a mostly eaten fish, intersection of Sewall’s Point Road and Ocean Boulevard.

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Osprey zooming over low over cars.

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Tricolored Heron on a log in the Indian River Lagoon.

According to Audubon.org…

On the southeastern coastal plain, the Tricolored Heron is a characteristic bird of quiet shallow waters. Strikingly slender, with long bill, neck, and legs, it is often seen wading belly-deep in coastal lagoons. Although it is solitary in its feeding, it is sociable in nesting, often in very large colonies with various other herons and egrets. Formerly known as Louisiana Heron.

It’s been hot and humid, no surprise in summertime Florida!