That is how long it took to get today’s images. A thirty minute drive from my home to Arlington Wildlife Refuge only to hear the sound of chipping machines munching through the branches that were being trimmed from the trees. It was loud enough to scare off any wildlife… so I turned the car around and drove home.
On the way to Arlington I saw this Merlin and these 2 Red-tailed Hawks, I used my car as a hide and drove as slowly as I could toward them. The first sign of anxiety on their part and I stopped and started shooting out of the driver window.
On the way back to Buckeye I saw the Osprey and Black Phoebe, but also an American Kestrel and Belted Kingfisher that took to the wing.
All of these are fairly large crops, so the quality may not be the best. But they will suffice for identification.