By the light of the Sun

Feb 19 wasn’t as cold as yesterday, but I got in a tad late and only saw Papa as he flew south along Salisbury street, but not before doing a quick pit stop over at the flag.

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But Papa didn’t stay long and before I could get in front for a better shot, he took off, fortunately for a short hop to do some banking at the Wells Fargo.

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The sun had just peeked over the horizon and what better time to go for a spin.  While Papa sat on the Wells, I saw Mama airborne and she circled the area several times.  She was back-lit, but I thought that also made for an interesting composition.  The clouds in the background were orange-pink and I thought even though back-lit, it was pretty.

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At times, the sunlight would just light up edges of her wings or under belly and that’s an awesome sight.

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After all that exercise, it was off to the penthouse, an exclusive area for Raleigh’s pair of Red-tail hawks;  Papa soon joined her.

At first it looked like a First Date with both of them looking away and miles apart 🙂

First Date

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But, a first date it wasn’t 🙂

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Here’s to give you an idea how high up they were. Yep. It’s an outdoor penthouse.

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after which Papa made his best Superman errr…. Superhawk impersonation.  He dove off the Wells, folded his wings straight back and streaked towards the nest.  He was going FAAASSSSTTTT….

It’s a plane… it’s a bird (yeah)… it’s Super hawk Papa

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Just as fast as Papa went, he was able to quickly slam on the brakes before shooting past the nest.

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The nest is A-OK and ready for the next brood of Red-tails.

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In two more weeks, I think we’ll get to see Mama in the nest.

Stay tuned!

Ciao!

JP

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