So this little guy is my magical visitor from around 6PM yesterday. I was out looking for birds to photograph , had stopped to watch a pair of Norther Harriers (one had found dinner and was sitting in a hay field) The other was gliding over the field searching. I stopped my vehicle and laid my camera gear across the roof to get a nice angled shot and from the corner of my eye I saw movement coming towards me from straight down the old road. I recognize the silently gliding form moving effortlessly about 8 inches above the road as a Coopers Hawk. It headed straight towards me and then tipped up his wings, flew across the vehicle hood and landed PLUNK right on my camera lens ... only inches away from my nose! I think he was as surprised as I was as we looked at one another for 3 seconds, then off he went and landed on this rock a short distance away! That incident felt like a pure gift from Nature telling me all was well!
Northern Harriers (with prey) also known as Marsh Hawks ... North Saanich beauties!
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