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Ridgefield NWR: the Raptors (Part II)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What a magnificent creature this Bald Eagle is. As he flew is for a landing, the ducks behind him nervously paddled into cover.

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But no worries for the duck (this time), he had a drink and flew away.

Visit the Friends of the Ridgefield NWR or the official F&W website for more information about the refuge.

Next up: Ridgefield NWR: a Heron & some Crazy Coots (Part III)

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