First archery deer hunt of the season. I had no idea what to expect as I hadn’t been up to the ranch in over a month. As far as deer hunting went, it was a total bust. The winds were blustery and the deer didn’t show. Not one.
However, I did take some photos and three were worthy of publication. Here’s they are:
As I watched a covey of quail feeding along the edges of nearby brush, a raptor swooped in and the quail scattered in all directions. It was a female northern harrier (used to call them marsh hawks).
With the harrier in motion, my only chance for a good photo was when he passed in direct sun. The shutter speed on my camera was fast enough in auto mode to produce a sharp photo.
Late in the day, several birds landed near me in the laurel tree my stand was in. One of them was a chickadee.
Then came a pair of plain titmouses. In the fading light, I struggled to get a sharp image, but these two were worthwhile.