State Line Lunch

A local Peregrine cruises by, State Line Hawk Watch, 11/4/14.
A local Peregrine cruises by, State Line Hawk Watch, 11/4/14.

I was on the road for work today and I was passing near State Line Hawk Watch right around lunch, so I stopped in. The raptors were certainly flying; I was there for less than a half hour and I saw: Turkey Vulture (8), Black Vulture (2), Peregrine Falcon (2), Red-tailed Hawk (4), Sharp-shinned Hawk (2), and a single Merlin. Not too shabby for some unexpected birding!

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A Red-tailed Hawk at eye level. State Line Hawk Watch, 11/4/14.
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This is a very typical view at the watch – looking down at the birds. Peregrine Falcon at State Line Hawk Watch, 11/4/14.
I believe that this is the local female Peregrine Falcon, at the "perch". State Line Hawk Watch, 11/4/14.
I believe that this is the local female Peregrine Falcon, at the “perch”. State Line Hawk Watch, 11/4/14.

Right before sunset, I was in the Black Dirt Region and I finally got a half way decent shot of an American Pipit (which are plentiful in the area right now).

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American Pipit, Black Dirt Region 11/4/14.

9 thoughts on “State Line Lunch”

  1. Here goes, I’m trying again. I just love the shot of the female with the light on her back.

    That is special enough to frame!!!

    Wilma

    1. Looks like it is working now Wilma! Thanks for letting me know about that. Tricia really loved that photo too – I wasn’t even going to include it! Thanks so much Wilma, it’s been an age since I’ve seen you, hopefully sooner than later. Matt

  2. I finally got my new lens last week. I’m hoping the weather will cooperate this weekend to get out and use it. I’ve really been missing shooting this week. Hopefully there will be some great chances soon.

    Wilma

  3. Great shots! I never did make it out to State Line again this fall, but I got lucky and got my own Golden Eagle on Monday in my yard… Great photos, I really enjoy them! It’s certainly memorable spending some time up there when the hawks are flying!
    -Stephen

    1. Wow, now that’s a great yard bird – congrats. Thanks for the kind words, I’m glad you are enjoying the photos. Matt

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