State Line Lookout, 10/4/15

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~A local Red-tailed Hawk flies in over the Hudson River at eye level. State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~

If it wasn’t for Kyle Dudgeon’s persistence, we would have missed a lot of good birds. We met up at 7:30 am and arrived around 8:15, just in time to catch one of the local Peregrine Falcons enjoying a meal at “the perch”. We had many good birds early on, including several Bald Eagles, but the lighting was pretty bad; all the early photos in this post have a stark white background. I haven’t shot hawks in flight for an extended period of time like this in a while and I definitely felt rusty. I was having a hard time keeping up with the birds (and camera settings!), particularly the Peregrines which move so fast it’s incredible. I managed to get some good shots, but really I felt like I could have done better; that many opportunities had slipped by. I guess that will motivate me for the next outing.

We were joined by Jill Homcy and then a little later on by Maria Loukeris. We all enjoyed a good mix of local raptors (Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, and Osprey) and migrating raptors which were lead by Osprey (35), followed by a tie between two accipiters Sharp-shinned Hawks (28) and Cooper’s Hawks (28).  I felt like they must have been having a pretty good day for migration, I checked when I got home and according the Hawkcount.org, the total count for the day at State Line Lookout was 121 migrating raptors. It was a really enjoyable day for me, with good company and plenty of super birds to photograph.

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~A local Peregrine Falcon enjoys and early morning meal. State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~This was one of our first birds of the day – eye level Cooper’s Hawk at State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~An immature Cooper’s Hawk flies over, State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~This is not the clearest shot, but I love seeing the top of the bird like this. Sharp-shinned Hawk at State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~I’m not sure how folks will react to this photo, but it is one of my favorites from the day. A Cooper’s Hawk maneuvering overhead at State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~Red-tailed Hawk over the water, State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~Immature Bald Eagle flyover, State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~Not the best shots, but a cool interaction between and adult and an immature Peregrine Falcon. State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~This one is a few shots later – can’t believe the adult is totally upside down! Peregrine Falcons at State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~
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~We did not see many American Kestrels, this one whipped by getting blown around by the wind. State Line Lookout, 10/4/15.~

4 thoughts on “State Line Lookout, 10/4/15”

    1. Thanks Scotty, it was so cool to see them tangle like that. It happens so fast it’s hard to believe how much is happening at once! Matt

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