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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Eagle-eyes

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."

5 comments:

Lynette said...

Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic!

cieldequimper said...

Oh wow, I am so jealous! ;-)Have a great Sunday!

Small City Scenes said...

an interesting look that guy is giving you. One of my favorite subjects. Super shot. MB

Jacob said...

What a great photo! I've found hawks notoriously difficult to photograph, so you did a super job! He (she?) is a beauty!

Re: Paree and the Eiffel elevator: I do not like heights. Lois Anne loves heights. She went all the way to the top on a freezing cold night, took about a hundred photos, had a great time...I was frozen still waiting for her on the ground...

But warmed up when she came down quite ecstatic about her experience.

Don and Krise said...

That look he's giving you is priceless. He didn't need to say a word. You knew what he meant.

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