northern harrier hawk in a twisting dive seeking prey in the half-dried marsh
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.
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.
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.
Almost as important as eyes looking down for fish,
is the osprey’s eyes sweeping upward, scanning for a marauding eagle.
This immature osprey has taken life in order to live…the fish is food and a blessing. Can you perhaps hear the osprey saying “thank you”?