Sunday, 23 May 2010
Last Monday slipped by under a mountain of boxes and in a haze of drywall dust. Yes, we have finally moved - 155 boxes in total, 36 so far unpacked. The rest are happily ensconced in the garage, waiting for their contents to be rediscovered once the renovations are complete. We are now living upstairs, sans kitchen or washing machine, and we have been reduced to washing everything in the shower. Still, as everyone keeps telling me - it will be worth it when it is all finished. But when will that be? I stubbed my toe on a dinner plate in the shower yesterday morning..........
Still, life goes on, and so I am back with a Macro Monday post. These photos were taken this morning at half past stupidly-early o'clock. Why can't birds have a lie-in on Sunday like the rest of us? And don't they know that it is a long weekend here in Beautiful British Columbia? Oh well, he is gorgeous isn't he, so I suppose it was worth getting up ridiculously early for.
He is a sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus), so called due to his pencil thin legs. I know that it is a he since he is very small - females can be nearly twice the weight of males - (and because Derek the Master Bander told me so). These hawks show the greatest disparity in the size of males and females of any American hawk. Male or female, these are not large hawks, being no bigger than your average jay or dove. If you look into his gorgeous bright eyes, you will immediately know that he is only in his second year, since adult birds have blood red eyes.
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