Hiking Mercer Meadows Feb 6, 2019

Well, I almost filmed hawks today. It was overcast, so even if I did film any hawks, they would look shadowy. I went to the spot where I would normally eat lunch at, and I saw a Red Tailed hawk fly off from a tree. I didn’t even know it was there. I am not sure if this was the same juvenile Red Tailed hawk that I filmed on a power pole a couple weeks ago. I saw it on a power pole, and I cut through the forest to try to get a better view to film it. However, when I got halfway there, it flew off again. Before it flew off, I squeezed my Red Tailed hawk plush doll to make its Red Tailed hawk call. That may have scared it. I crossed the street, walked along the trail until I was closer but then it flew off a second time! I was persistent and I kept going. The hawk landed on another tree and even though it was 500 feet away I decided to get out my camera and film it. However, it flew off before I could even locate it with my camera! Once it flew off for the 4th time, it flew into the middle of the forest where it was no longer in my sight. I gave up and I continued on. Right at that moment I saw a Northern Harrier hunting in the marsh. I zoomed it in when it landed and ate something in the field. Some weeds were blocking the view so I chose not to record it. It just wasn’t a perfect enough view. I’m just very picky when it comes to filming, and as a result, I didn’t record anything. At least my failures today will make me a better photographer! There’s always next time!

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