Two of the feathers…
It was a warm June morning and I was out early at Red River Creek.
In search of baby Black Ducks.
Passing by our familiar childhood herring run, something caught my eye.
Best of all, the angle of the morning sun seemed to be in my favor, giving me a bit of time to watch undetected.
Oh yes, a much better spot to look for something moving in the shallow water below!
And through my lens I could see tiny white feathers, freshly pulled, being released from the Snowy’s bill….
Doing what Snowies probably do every morning – taking a bath, getting ready for some breakfast.
Yet this morning, this Snowy gave me such a gift.
One I’ll never forget.
Leaving those soft, glorious feathers right where they belong.
And with the birds. ❤
Related post, Hats and Horses blog, “For the Birds”
I’m not sure if as a couture milliner it’s my love of detail…
Or perhaps simply my fascination with the way light and shadow can bring magic to a subject at any given moment in our natural world.
But last evening while I was out for a walk, something in the distance caught my eye.
A beautiful sight to see, anytime.
But there was something very different about one of the hawk’s feathers, and the way the light was catching it, that made me want to look closer.
And that’s when this image happened.
Smiling at the moment, I walked past the hawk and spotted another hawk feather, this one lying on a lawn nearby.
Had there been a skirmish between the hawk and a crow, that maybe loosened a feather or two?
Or was this simply a feather the hawk had preened, that was ready to fall?
I’ll never know.
What I do know is, this was a special moment.