Tastes like Chicken!
So, probably the first one you've ever seen and you get a way better picture than I ever have and they spend their summers here, it's just not fair!
Lol, you're right about it being the first time I've ever seen one of these, and so nope, it really ISN'T fair, is it? Just like with the snowy owl a few years ago. (And it seems there's a lot of them showing up this year, too. Bad news for the owls, since it means they haven't been finding food up north.) Lol, I even wondered if you'd been able to get this close to any of your Sandhills. But safe to say, if you got even half as close, your shot would be super sharp and well exposed, unlike mine here.
Beautiful and quite a catch as I understood from the comments above. I got lucky too one time with it's European sister. In 2001 we had one pair breeding successfully in the Netherlands for the first time since 1750. Now there are three pairs breeding in this area and hopefully some more in the next years.
Hi Erik - Thanks! It sure was a cool sight to see - it would be great if some pairs decided to set up house around here! It seems there have been some breeding in Maine in the past - even more off track than this pair is! They certainly were the biggest and most unusual birds I've ever seen around here in the wild - and amazing that they were hanging out so close to a busy street. I'd wasted almost a whole card full of pics when they were further away up a hill, and then they just moseyed on down the hill to start feeding about 30 feet from me. Very cool! Pretty funny to be so close and able to look right through their beak when they were sideways.
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