Downsview Park Feb 9
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Downsview Park Feb 9

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Haven't gone out for a while. It was not as cold today.
The red tailed hawk caught three, and ate right away


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Both RTHs were actively


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And they were not the only ones


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So excited to see this one


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I didn't expect to see this one


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some local small cuties


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Good things happen to good people.It almost makes me want to be good.Problem is ... I don't know how.Outstanding good fortune to find the Meadowlarkor exceptional sleuthing work to have locating it.Even a Bald Eagle! You'll remember this day, I'm sure.Thanks for posting.


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Nice variety!


Yup. Didn't believe my luck. And thought I got rusty so quickly when I missed the first RTH hunting. He turned out to be very obliging.


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Good things happen to good people.It almost makes me want to be good.Problem is ... I don't know how.Outstanding good fortune to find the Meadowlarkor exceptional sleuthing work to have locating it.Even a Bald Eagle! You'll remember this day, I'm sure.Thanks for posting.
I found the people who located the lark. I knew about the lark, but no a clue where it might be. I was on the otherside of the railway trying to find mockbird or the shrike. Didn't see either. And saw 3 birders taking pics of the ground. And I didn't know what would stay on the ground for that long. Thankfully I still had enough curiosity left in me.
When the RTH was hunting for the second catch, the female kestrel was spooked, and nobody where she was before. She even harrassed the RTH.
By the time I was leaving, the male Kestrel was eating his catch on the post, and suddenly he got nervous, the raven was not far away. He finally took off when the RTH landed on a nearby tree. It might be hard for smaller predators


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It's good to have some context with your photos. Without doubt, the presence of enthusiastically engaged nature photographers is certainly a sure sign of something interesting that might otherwise be missed. I appreciate your ground-level captures, which is a good way to feature a Meadowlark that hasn't presented itself without a stage prop like a fence post or recalcitrant stump. I must presume that the other photographers were not shooting in the prone position, otherwise you might not have seen them, so their poor technique augured well for you as a sign post of sorts. It reminds me of the Bobolink at Ashbridges that confined itself to the grass and demanded a down-to-earth technique when shooting. The other photographers that were present at the time were all acting as lizards, suitably dressed for grass stains. Risking ticks for sure. They were all using at least a 500mm lense, probably with a TC attached, so I had to slither in the grass to advance in increments with my 200mm in order to close the distance. It takes a lot of patience and a thoroughly preoccupied bird.


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You almost got them all that are making Downsview a temporary home. Go there more often as the airport land is sold and new buildings will be propping up all around.