Last week, the weather warmed up sufficiently to give us a brief reprieve from winter, so I thought I’d make the most of it and take another walk around Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The lake was still frozen over.
Because of all the damage done by the beaver, the staff at the Center have started putting wire cages around some of the trees. Unfortunately it comes too late for some.
Walking through the woods, I saw quite a few birds including nuthatches, woodpeckers and, enjoying a bath in some open water, a group of robins.
Still not much action over at the farm, but as I was walking back down the track I spotted a hawk sitting on a low branch of a tree. Usually, when presented with this kind of opportunity, I take a picture right away, just in case I’m not able to get any closer, but this time it obliged me by staying put, and allowed me to creep up quite close until I was almost underneath it. Great!
In fact, at one point, I thought I’d let myself in for more than I’d bargained for, but it eventually settled down and I continue to take dozens of shots.
Eventually it moved off to a tree further down the trail but it waited for me to catch up and I was able to keep on shooting. It really seemed to be enjoying having its picture taken and even turned around to give me a different angle.
All the time this was going on, the ducks in the nearby creek were kicking up quite a racket. I think they must have been aware that the hawk was nearby and you could almost see the hawk thinking to itself, “Hello. Grub’s up!”
Finally, after quite some time, it flew off, and as I turned to look back up the track, three female deer stepped out of the trees. The perfect end to a successful afternoon.
Wonderful! Such nice photos! What luck with the young Red-tailed Hawk. They’re usually hard to approach closely, even in a car.
Thank you, Mike! I was just happy that he didn’t seem to mind me being there and that no one else came down the trail to scare it away.
A perfect afternoon is right. We have the same birds in Maine as you have. We have more snow than you do. Great pictures of the hawk.
Thank you, Laurie! We had a couple of inches of snow the other day but thankfully it’s nearly all gone now.
Still snow on the ground in Maine, and more snow is predicted. 😉
Great photos of birds! Well done.
Thank you, Rebecca!
Oh my, Sue. What a glorious day! I love the first shot, all the bird shots, and the hawk shots are wonderful. I know that feeling of believable joy when things like this happen. Priceless!
Thanks, Janet! Yes, there are times when I go there and hardly see a thing in the way of wildlife but visits like this, more than make up for it.
Fantastic shots. Well done.
Thank you, Michael!
You’re welcome Sue.
Wow! You took some great photos! Beautiful.
Many thanks, Lynette!
Super shots! What a great day you had.
Thank you, Denzil!
Oh my! The bird shots are amazing! How hardy birds are. I love the deer too. Wonderful captures!
Thank you, Cindy!
Excellent photographs! You had a great outing, I bet!!
Thank you, Indira. Yes, I did!
Wonderful photos- it’s just like looking at a Disney nature film! Absolutely beautiful photos of the hawk, all the birds and especially those washing robins! A special day out brought to a fairytale end with those deer!
Thank you, Marianne! I just got this visit in, ahead of our most recent snowfall.
Not more snow! Hope your spring arrives soon!
What a splendid walk…with such cooperating models. 🦅 🦌
I was amazed that the hawk allowed me to get so close.
What a great selection of bird pictures. I love nuthatches so that was the one that particularly caught my eye.
Many thanks, Tom! I’ve seen so many nuthatches in the nature centers just lately.
I am waiting to see my first one this year still.
That’s my kind of walk! I loved all the birds, and the deer you saw.
Wow! what a walk. Love the hawk photos . And interesting to hear of the beavers. They are so fun to watch but they do indeed do their share of damage…at least the way WE see it.
Thank you, Donna! The beavers are certainly very industrious, unfortunately for the trees.
Wha lovely sightings! That must have been a walk of joy
Yes, it certainly was. Thank you for visiting.
I love when the nature gets back to life after a long winter. Great sighting!
Thank you for visiting, Christie!
A wonderful location, not far from Chicago. Here, Cayuga Lake did not freeze over. In fact our swimming pool (with rainwater on cover) unfroze in February.
Spring Valley is one of my favorite places to photograph nature. We had an unexpected snowfall last night so it’s back to winter for us.
Thank you, Dwight!