Saturday morning DH and Beavis got up early, crashed around the house and were gone fishing before I could even roll over and gaze at the clock. When I finally did get up I looked at the loads of laundry and the sticky floors and wondered why I should blow a sunny day doing housework. I was soon out the door with my camera and on my way to a local marsh to give my telephoto lens a workout. Heh.
I stopped at a site along the bank of a pond lined with cattails and reeds where all kinds of waterfowl hang out. I found a good place and settled down to see what would float by. I wasn’t there more than a few moments before I was spotted by a marsh wren.
He was only the size of my thumb, but he was furious that I would encroach on his turf.
He screamed out a rush of sputtering and squeaking that didn’t stop even when I moved to a new location. He changed position with me and kept up the tirade.
Still I was able to see a lot of waterfowl and get some good photos. I’ll post some of them later.
While I sat there I got the feeling I was being watched.
Two hawk eyes were giving me the stare down.
I later learned this guy was probably a Marsh Hawk or Northern Harrier.
He was cruising the place for rodents.
Suddenly he lowered his landing gear and dove into the bulrushes.
He came up with a mouse in his talons,
but was immediately met by another hawk, this time a female harrier.
She dove at the male, made him drop his prize,
caught it in the air and flew off with it.
She probably had a nest of babies to feed.
Because she was soon back to dive for another mouse.
I spent enough time there to get my nose sunburned even though I was wearing a hat. I drove home slowly with the radio off and the windows open, savoring my day of freedom. The guys came back about the same time with a load of fish.
The day would have been perfect except when I got out of my car I saw that I’d lost a hubcap during my expedition. I was plenty irritated because those cheap looking plastic circles cost a wad to replace. I went over the drive in my mind and remembered hearing an odd sound as I rounded a corner off in the farms near the marsh. I decided to retrace my path just to settle my mind.
The hubcap wasn’t on the road by the marshes, but I saw this instead.
Canadian Geese parents hustled their brood across in front of me and hurried them off to shelter.
I drove on to the curve where I remembered hearing the odd sound and found my hubcap in the grass by the road.