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.
Mama turned and looked at me. Yes, Mama, it’s the hawkarattzzi :). Hmmm, Mama looked quite ‘fluffy’.
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.
Papa didn’t stay long in the nest and took off….
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.
And they did.
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
Papa didn’t stay long and took off towards the Science Museum.
Mama followed suit.
By then, my fingers were frozen, but it was a good photo-op morning.