Kali didn't have to go to work yesterday, and I took left work1-1/2 hours early (hey, I had to work three hours on Saturday) in order to enjoy a late afternoon walk on a beautiful autumn day with bright sunshine and temperatures in the upper 60s. We decided to walk at the county park downstream of the preserve for a change of scene.
Part of the walk in the park takes us alongside a modest but picturesque stream called Harper's Run. Just after we parked and started upstream along the creek, a hawk flew in from the surrounding woods and landed smack dab in the middle of the creek, and then just sat there, tail fanned out, watching us. We approached slowly and cautiously, and the hawk flew up out of the creek and onto the rocks alongside. At that point, I could see that it was carrying something in its talons, but I couldn't tell what. I pulled out the camera and cranked up the telephoto into the "digital telephoto" range, hoping to get a decent shot despite heavy shade. I present the best of the five images I captured. The hawk is a Cooper's Hawk (I couldn't tell in the field), and it appears to have captured a young squirrel (soggy from sitting in the creek). As we got closer, the hawk carried its meal off to a tree and disappeared.