We see plenty of raptors here in Lewis County, but to get a really close view of them, you need to visit a wildlife refuge like the Nisqually or Ridgefield refuges. Here the birds are accustomed to having people watching their every move and you can spend a lot of time watching them and appreciating their beauty.
This Red-tailed Hawk was the first raptor of the day. I have a pair of hawks that live in the lower 40 of my farm, but they never allow me to get this close. We were parked right under his tree.
I tried (and tried and tried) to capture a good shot of this Northern Harrier, but had little to no luck. But still, this is another stunning hunter.
At the next turn of the auto tour of the River ‘S’ Unit of the refuge, we watched as an eagle landed in a tree just behind us. My heart skipped a beat as I listened to his cry and watched to his fierce show of power and strength.
The Bald Eagle always looks like he’s mad about something.
What a magnificent creature this Bald Eagle is. As he flew is for a landing, the ducks behind him nervously paddled into cover.
But no worries for the duck (this time), he had a drink and flew away.