After work, I was feeling a little better so I went down Desmond Road again and took it around to Bruceville Road… Saw the regular kestrel that always seems to cruise that area and a Red-Tailed Hawk. The hawk actually let me get pretty close to the tree he was sitting in, and I got some good shots of him… along with some time-lapse photos of him taking off to fly down the street. He looks very much like the Red-Shouldered Hawk I usually get pictures of, but the Red-Tailed Hawk (obviously) has a red tail rather than a black-and-white barred tail. I also got to see some Sandhill Cranes. When I turned up Bruceville I saw a truck parked along the side of the road, and a guy was standing in the bed of it with a fancy camera rig on a tripod. I slowed down as I got closer and realized there were about a dozen crane standing alongside one of the flooded fields, closer to the road than I’d ever seen them. So I pulled off, too, and got some photos with my “little camera”. When I went back to the car, I was startled by a bird’s head that popped up out of the culvert right in front of the car. A Great Blue Heron was fishing in there. He stood stalk-still while I took several pictures of him, but he was so close, I could’ve touched him… if I could get my hand through the reeds and crap. But that was neat. As I was driving back to the main road, I saw a bunch of fat little Killdeer birds sitting on the railroad tracks. They looked so cute, I actually stopped in the middle of the street to get some shots of them. Good thing there isn’t a lot of traffic in that area. Hah!
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