HK Builds His Nest

HK Builds His Nest

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Just HK (with a bit of blood)

It took a while to locate HK this afternoon. Finally,  I just sat in the car on Ware Neck Drive where I could see down the North Landing River to a few of his favorite perches. I heard eagle chatter before I saw one. But, I made one out heading fast towards the original Osprey nest with the binoculars. So, pedal to the metal, I drove around the block to S. Independence. And, there was HK in the original Osprey nest. He seemed nervous and perhaps in a defensive posture. I drove up and stayed in the car so as not to spook him. It was GREAT to have a spot of blue sky!

HK looked back and forth and up and down. I took this next shot and realized as peeked at it (I usually don't do this, but I wanted to check my ISO setting) that he seemed to have blood on his head.

I couldn't tell if it was a gash or from a previous meal. But, then HK took off and flew down the driving range.

 I drove to the clubhouse to see if I could get a closer look at HK's head (I'm a wildlife rehabilitator, so I wanted to check him out). But, he was still too far away. This is a full frame shot.

I left after an hour and a half, with HK still perched in the same tree. Hope he is ok. Be healthy, HK.

Monday, October 12, 2015

HK and the sun is shining!

FINALLY a bright, sunny day. HK was perched on the outside of the original Osprey nest tower. I took a quick photo and moved to a parking lot where the lighting was a little better, even though a bit further away.

Just as I arrived at the new location, another photographer pulled up to where I had been, got out of his truck, and HK flew. I still managed a couple of flight photos from my SUV window.
 Blue sky and sunshine are a great combination!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

HK and Sterling: Together Again

We had to cut our vacation short due to a possible hurricane, so before the weather changed dramatically, I headed out to check on things at Honey Bee. As I turned onto S. Independence, I could see HK in the original Osprey nest. As I pulled up, he promptly took off.

It was another 2 hours before I found him again AND.........HK was with Sterling (although I was unsure about that at the time)! Here, they look at each other.

And here, they look away and around.

HK suddenly dove down to the first fairway on the golf course, and I broke into a run.

I ran between a couple of trees to see if I could spot him, and twisted my knee in the process. HK had stolen something from a larger bird, maybe a gull, and was about ready to take off.

I got off a few shots. This was my favorite. I could not determine what the prey was. HK flew off and did not land back in the Osprey nest.

Now to determine if this was actually Sterling. I was pretty sure it was, based on several years of observing her. I just sat and waited for her to leave. And she did not disappoint.

There was her single, silver USGS band gleaming in the overcast conditions. Great to see you, my pretty!