This hawk was not intimated by me. I spotted him in a tall tree and instead of flying away, he flew down into a closer tree.
Located in Avon Lake, this forested reservation is very suburban, but also has amazing birding for woodpeckers and other forest birds. People regularly count 10+ redheaded woodpeckers this time of year. This is a rare-encounter bird for me so it was exciting to see them. I easily completed the “Ohio Woodpecker Challenge”, a.k.a. when you see every species of woodpeckers native to Ohio in one outing.
Waterfowl hybridize more than any other type of bird, and Mallards are some of the most prolific when it comes to this behavior. I saw this bird yesterday, and was confused (for a while) about whether it was a Mallard/American Black Duck hybrid or just an immature/nonbreeding male.
But then he stretched his wings out and I got a clear view of the speculum patch, which was bordered with white: a sure sign of a Mallard and not an American Black Duck, and thus this bird was not a hybrid after all.
I was on the boardwalk at the CVNP Beaver Marsh when I heard a loud “ker-plop.” I raised my eyes to scan across the water, and there was the cause of the commotion: a Belted Kingfisher had dove into the pond, secured a fish, and was now flying across the spatterdock to the tree line.
Of the great snowstorm of December 1st, 2020.
This tiny butterfly can be difficult to photograph, especially with its wings open.
Immature or juvenile birds can be some of the hardest to identify, since they won’t look like anything in a field guide and no single photograph can show all the possible variations you might see. In this case the eye markings and belly streaking are the keys to my identification.
I did an 11 hour over-night time lapse of a fly agaric mushroom in my yard. It didn’t grow as much as I had hoped, but you can see some. You can also see how this mushroom got its name, as there are flies in almost every frame!
Our moon, not Mars’s moon(s). There was a conjunction last night and I grabbed a shot of it.
At first I was annoyed that a couple of cars drove through this long shot, but the result was pleasant surprise. This is a 30 second exposure with my wide-angle lens, centered on Saturn (left) and Jupiter (right). (The two brightest objects in the center of the image)
These two planets will continue to grow closer to each other in the night sky until December 21st, when they will appear to merge.