Sorry that I haven't posted in a bit, but life gets crazy sometimes, and this week has been one of those :-).
OK, now I know you're thinking... all this time and she posts an ordinary red-shouldered hawk. I guess that it's fair enough, but this image is special to me because of the amazing bokeh captured by the light filtering through the trees.
A few weeks ago, while visiting at Everglades NP, we stopped and had lunch at the newly opened Buttonwood Cafe (I hope I got the name correct) at Flamingo. I was quite impressed considering ever since Hurricane Wilma took the Flamingo Lodge out of commission, not much for amenities was available down there. The food we found to be quite an improvement over the pre-packaged tuna sandwich that I usually am relegated to.
When we exited the cafe, I grabbed my camera and noticed this red-shouldered hawk perched on a dead branch within this tree, at a fairly low level. I think that it heard us and saw us, but was surprised that we spotted it - for it didn't even fly away and gave us ample opportunity to snap some images. I just love bokeh shots, so as you can tell, I was happy with the results.
On a side note, on that day (March 6th), a search and rescue operation was going on. Unfortunately, a 67-yo man went missing in the Flamingo campground area, after going for a brief walk through the campground the night before. The search involved numerous park service and nearby police patrol, helicopters, search dogs, and posted flyers. As I began to post this image, I googled to try to find out if they ever found the man. The most recent information that I could find said that he was still missing. My heart and prayers go out to this man's family and friends.... may he be found safe somewhere within the wilderness of ENP.
Thanks for all of your visits and especially for your comments. Over the weekend, I will be trying to play some "catch up" on my contact's photostreams. Thanks for your patience.