Raleigh Raptors – A cold February morning

Monday, monday… February 18th was an unusually cold 19 degree day in Raleigh.  I walked up to the church steeple to check on the nest.  All’s quiet so I proceeded to the Capitol.  Up on the tree was an unmistakable silhouette of a Buteo jamaicensis.  The sun just peeked over the horizon but was high enough to illuminate the bird so I walked to the front to get a better shot.

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Mama turned and looked at me.  Yes, Mama, it’s the hawkarattzzi :).  Hmmm, Mama looked quite ‘fluffy’.

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Several squirrels moved about the tree but Mama just watched.  Little did I know Papa was on a lower limb from where Mama perched.  Papa took off with more nesting material.

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Papa didn’t stay long in the nest and took off….

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and bee-lined straight to where Mama was perched.  Mama was sort of hunched over and from my observations last year, I thought they would copulate.

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And they did.

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After which they stood together but just for a few seconds.  I tried to get a shot from the front, but there were too many tree branches blocking both birds, besides…

Just You and I

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Papa didn’t stay long and took off towards the Science Museum.

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Mama followed suit.

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By then, my fingers were frozen, but it was a good photo-op morning.

Ciao!

JP

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