Quite a few wonderful days have been spent in the garden here at Opulent Cottage lately! For Outdoor Wednesday, I have a special creature sighting to share with you. Last week I was out in my back yard, when I heard something overhead. Up in our 100-year-old pecan tree was a huge, spectacular red-tail hawk! I have seen them from afar, but never this close. He was about 25 feet high up in the tree, and was easily 22 or 24 inches tall, just gigantic. And simply gorgeous, a truly majestic creature.
Carefully and slowly, I backed away, not wanting to scare him off. Not that this intimidating bird would scare easily! I ran to get my camera, then to our bedroom window where I could be a little higher and slightly closer. We had winds of 40 mph that day, and it was difficult to get a shot without a branch blowing in the way. I took photos for nearly an hour, and came away with only these few decent shots.
We do have a good amount of wildlife here, for being smack dab in the middle of the city (we live only about 1 mile north of downtown Dallas). But blessed as we are with so many large, old trees, we have occasionally had large and small birds of prey visit us. We’ve had a flock of pygmy owls, and another huge raptor that I wasn’t able to identify. Of course there are the parrots, who we hope will visit us again this summer. We often have several types of unusual backyard birds, and the occasional water bird flies over, visiting from local White Rock Lake.
Here’s the shot of the day, when I’m certain he saw me spying on him
This rare experience is one that I will relish for a long, long time, for certain. I’m hopeful that this will not be the last I see of this lovely creature, as I saw him circling overhead today, very high in the sky. The beauty of his wingspan made me catch my breath again.
The next time you’re outside, remember – look up! You never know what you’ll see. Please stop by A Southern Daydreamer and visit Susan for Outdoor Wednesday.