Pressed for time as I start preparing for the Big Exodus to Southeast Asia, I was glad to receive some photos from Stephen Barnard yesterday, allowing me to prepare this in advance. (I still have everyone else’s photos, so be patient.) His notes are indented:
I’m convinced that the pair of eagles that nest on my place have become used to me and to my dogs. A few weeks ago I sent a visiting photographer to photograph them in this exact spot and they spooked immediately as he approached. They don’t spook for me, at this place or elsewhere. They’ve seen me hundreds of times, usually with the enormous camera/lens I typically carry. I think they regard me with mild annoyance.
Next, starlings on a fence after a murmuration.
Next, a Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)in flight. I rather like the motion blur of the wings while the head a beak is pretty sharp.
Belted Kingfisher at rest.
Finally, some fall color at Silver Creek.