Tuesday, February 05, 2008

More Raptors

After seeing my first wild Great Gray Owl on Friday, the weekend had more to offer. On Sunday, Karyn and I took a three hour hike through 4+ inches of snow in the Boise foothills in a place known as the military reserve. We saw elk, deer, and lots of birds. Nearing the end of our hike we were walking through a brushy area and came upon this juvenile Northern Goshawk! This too was a new bird for me (at least for me to identify). To tell the truth, I didn't really identify it, I forwared the photo to some local experts for positive confirmation. Anyway, after posing for some photos, the bird took flight and came straight toward us, flying over our heads. What a great way to finish our day!

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