Saturday, June 27, 2009
Actually, it's a red-tailed hawk perched high in the radio tower that sits a few yards offshore and is one of Astoria's most prominent landmarks. It's hard to tell from the angle of this pic, but he was waaaaaaaaay up there. I spotted him as I was coming back from an evening walk. He seemed to be enjoying the sun's last rays, but he was not enjoying the fact that I kept walking closer and closer to the tower. We were probably both grateful for the zoom lens. If I thought I could creep up on him and get a closer photo without going into "optical," I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I knew that for sure when he leaned down my way and gave me the evil (I mean eagle-eyed) stare. It's rare that I see hawks in the tower, but I've seen at least one other, and one freezing morning a young and shaggy heron roosted there to get some sun on its feathers. The tower is interesting, and I'll have a photo showing what it actually looks like one of these days. Occasionally people stop by and ask if it can be purchased (for scrap metal, I assume), but it still broadcasts several stations, so the answer is, "No go."