I have to admit that i don’t really like the camera on my phone. OK, it takes pretty good panoramas. Well, occasionally it comes up with some great panoramas (picture at the top). But want to take a picture of an object, animal, person or whatever? Nope. I once saw a snake and decided to take a picture to check later if it was poisonous. I’m glad it wasn’t because I had to get the phone about 4 inches away to get a picture of it. I have no idea what they thought this camera was good for except maybe taking a selfie with 20 people in it, held out at arms length only.
One good thing is that I always have it on me. Of course 99.99% i do try to capture the moment, the moment is one pixel on a giant panorama, but at least it is there.
Yesterday I needed it.
I was doing my morning walk around my work-place’s perimeter when I heard a strange. Noise. Back in a corner I missed was a hawk sitting on the fence preening and cooing/twittering to itself. I backed up and took some pictures. I was really close, closer than I’ve been to a hawk, but the pictures…
After a few moments it fly down to the ground in front of me and was picking at something I couldn’t see. It then climbed a big dirt pile.
At one point it had to flap its wings to get to the top
Remember, this was maybe 15’/3 m away from me. I left it there and later saw it flying off.
After lunch I took another walk. At one point I noticed the hawk just on the other side of the fence from me. This is like 3′ or 4′ feet away (1 m).
After a couple of pictures it got up and flew a little way away and landed on the fence. I talked to a few people who were watching it and they said it had been around all morning. My next lap around i took some pictures as i passed. I stayed a little way away, maybe 10’/3 m, though I’m sure I could have gotten closer.
My guess is that this is a newly fledged hawk that was a little unsure about what it was doing. After watching the newly fledged osprey down on Cape Cod I see a lot of resemblance in behavior. Also, a couple of years ago I watched a baby falcon on the beach and this guy was even more similar to the baby falcon than the baby osprey.
It goes to prove that even though my cell phone camera isn’t great, sometimes it is great to have it.
So that is my smile for the week, seeing a baby hawk, even getting almost close enough to touch it.
What made you smile this week?
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