Last week, Mom wanted us to go birding somewhere today, but yesterday I wanted to go to the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, CA since it was a very nice, sunny (but cold) day and I looked ahead to Monday (today) and it was supposed to be cloudy and rainy in the afternoon. It is of course.
The Monarchs are for another post, so I'll just put one pic in as a preview :) What looks like several clumps of dead leaves are not.
While at the Sanctuary, we heard a commotion from above. There were a bunch of Crows and Gulls squawking, and when we turned to look the direction of the sound, we were amazed at what we saw.
A Gull chasing a Red-tailed Hawk
A Crow chasing the Red-tail
A really obnoxious Crow dive-bombing the Red-tail - holy moly!
"The Money Shot" The hawk flew over our heads with the sun apparently in the perfect position for me to capture it's glowing through the feathers of the beautiful raptor!
And an overall pic how it looked when they weren't directly overhead. This one is full-scale and not cropped as the others were.
And finally, those lucky jerky Crows and Gulls won the day with the Red-tail flying away. I think in total there were 2 Gulls and 3 or 4 crows chasing the one Red-tail.
It was so thrilling, but that last shot is bittersweet.
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