HK Builds His Nest

HK Builds His Nest

Sunday, August 31, 2014

HK behind Honey Bee Maintenance Building 8.26.14 - 8.28.14

On three consecutive days I found HK in the same location; behind the maintenance building. My experience is that he becomes increasingly more comfortably perching there when the Osprey population in the area decreases.

HK at sunset. 8.26.14.

HK watching ducks. 8.27.14.

HK a little closer. 8.28.14.

HK fly by.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HK and the Banded Female Return August 23, 2014

As I was on my way to a clean up of the North Landing River, my friend Shirley (Jim Yanello's wife) messaged me that HK and the Banded Female were perched on the tower at the entrance to Honey Bee Golf Course. This has been one of the favorite perches in the past and I was super excited!
And sure enough! There they were, looking quite "lovey dovey."
Reese Lukei arrived during this "shoot" and joined in. We have been trying to get a good view or shot of the Banded Female's USGS silver band for a few years now, without success. A few numbers have been determined, but not quite enough to definitely ID her. We tried again this Saturday, but her true identity still remains a mystery.

HK is on the top.

HK on right. Banded Female on left.

HK changes position.

The Banded Female gives me a look.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HK plays Hide and Seek: August 19, 2014

More hide and seek with HK today. Again, I located him behind Rosemont Forest Elementary School. This "seeking" him at this location will soon end (at least during the week) with the start of school in Virginia Beach after Labor Day.

The first photo shows how very difficult it is to find HK in dense foliage. I am so looking forward to the trees losing their leaves!

HK is very gun shy. Moments after I spotted him, off he goes!

And flies out of sight! Thanks for the look, HK!

Monday, August 18, 2014

This blog (and HK) is back!

I've had a lot going on in my personal life. I had to spend some time in Florida this spring and summer and my husband and I are both working through some medical issues.  The good news is that HK has reappeared in the area. In the three seasons that I have been documenting HK's life, he has become very secretive beginning in March when the Osprey return to nest and raise their young.
I have always suspected that he stays deep in the trees in the vicinity of Rosemont Forest Elementary School in VA Beach, until the Osprey depart our area.  I get messages from time to time during the summer from folks who live in the area about sightings. I am pretty diligent about following these tips up and on August 17, I relocated HK behind the school.