Osprey Magic

There is nothing halfway about Ospreys.


Their intensity, their bonds, their passion… inspire me.

Working on the photo album for this season, so many more amazing images to come soon!  😉

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Red-Tailed Magic from Above

I had the nicest surprise yesterday morning.

And all I needed to do, was look UP!


Driving through Harwich Port, I spotted two Red-Tailed Hawks perched way up high on the church steeple.

I’d seen Red-Tails there at Pilgrim Congregational Church earlier in the summer, so it’s a habit to always check the spot when I drive through Port.


And today was the day I got treated to them once again.

The sun was warm; its early morning rays providing the perfect backlighting for the pair.


I could see their feathers, some individually, blowing gently in the sea breeze; so soft, so elegant.


And as I walked around the church, if I hadn’t known better I’d have thought the two of them were not even aware of my presence.


But I do know better.

Red-Taileds see everything.

While one of them was busy scanning the environment, looking this way…


And then that.


The other was as intensely occupied with some preening.


And I don’t mean just a little preening…


I mean, a whole lot of preening!   😉


But make no mistake about it, even when Red-Taileds are grooming or eating or hunting, they still notice everything.


When I see them gazing around their world, I know they are watchful; waiting for something to move, something that might even be tasty.


My, I sure was glad to see the two of them again, to know that they are both alive and well.


And as I turned to look upward one more time at the pair…


I said a “Thank you!” to them both.

For because of them, my Labor Day celebrations had already begun!!  😉

Snowy Egrets – In a New Light

I’ve always thought that my favorite images of Snowy Egrets were when they were captured in sunshine and a full palette of colors.


Then, on the suggestion of a friend, I tried the images in black and white.

Just to see what might happen.


And oh, my.

If it’s even possible…


I love these birds…


Even more…


In black and white.

Seeing them in such a “bare bones” contrast of light and shadow has moved me in a whole new way.

Thanks to my friend…


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Snowy Magic at Red River Creek

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.


Through the marsh reeds and trees I spotted a Snowy Egret, perched on a low branch close to the river.


I knew that Snowies roosted at night, but this was the first time I’d seen one just rolling out of its lofty bed among the treetops.

Best of all, the angle of the morning sun seemed to be in my favor, giving me a bit of time to watch undetected.


It got even better when the Snowy flew to a second perch, directly over the creek.

Oh yes, a much better spot to look for something moving in the shallow water below!


And the perfect chance for me to reposition, to get deeper into the shadows to observe.


Just then, the Snowy began to preen.


Such a methodical process it was; no doubt a morning ritual.

And through my lens I could see tiny white feathers, freshly pulled, being released from the Snowy’s bill….


Lifted by a whisper of a sea breeze…


And then floated away without a sound, out over the marsh and out of sight.


Another breeze came up and had some more fun, setting the Snowy’s crown feathers all aglow as he peered intently into the watery shadows of a nearby creek.


What a sight he was, this stunningly beautiful bird.

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.


Years ago I made the decision as a milliner to design silk organza “feathers” to trim my hats with, in place of the real ones.

Leaving those soft, glorious feathers right where they belong.


On the breeze.

And with the birds.   ❤

Related post, Hats and Horses blog, “For the Birds”

Something to Crow About

These young crows seemed as excited as I was this morning, waiting for the sun to rise.

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Jockeying for position, each youngster was looking for the very best seat.


As always, the sun put on quite the show for all who were in attendance.

You might even say, it gave us all something to crow about!


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