_RK_3897 2-3 yo eagle CJL 2014

This immature bald eagle flew over the boat I was riding in during the CleanJordanLake.org Fall event yesterday.
The volunteers work hard to give the lake, the land, the critters a clean environment.
The lake had a slight chop which made getting a sharp photo a challenge, but it was fun trying.

_RK_3433 northern harrier female flight sm 2014

This female northern harrier uses her prominently disked face, like that of an owl, to help her hear and hunt voles and mice in the marsh.

_RK_3424 northern harrier dive 2014

northern harrier hawk in a twisting dive seeking prey in the half-dried marsh

_RK_3257 merlin flight 2014

Merlins can accelerate in flight at tremendous speeds.
I watched this one leave its perch in a tree and impossibly quick it was past me and down the canal line.

_RK_3295 merlin in tree med2014

The sharply swept back, long tapered wings say “falcon”. This is the falcon known as a merlin.
They sometimes visit Mattamuskeet Refuge for the winter.

_RK_3126 imm red shoulder hawk 2014

Yes, I was indeed almost directly beneath this immature re-shouldered hawk when he took flight
and let all the glorious autumn morning light shine through wings and tail.