This hawk is standing on one leg, and contemplating Lily as she is approaching him. Great shot Lily! I've seen them stand likes this before with one set of talons raised, and what balance he displays; it was actually quite windy that day. This looks like a very fine example of a Red Shouldered Hawk.
Drew went for the artsy image of an image of crows. I like it; she did it from the car while we were picking up Lily from school.
The girls decided to go fishing for Blue gill that day, and attracted quite a crowd of other children. Lily is a very sweet teacher and helped several people get there first fish. I am very proud of them, but was a little heart broken the next night when I asked them to go to Crane's Roost with me. They said no and then ran out the door with their fishing tackle to fish with some other children. Oh well, I suppose I should find some friends my own age, and I probably take fishing too serious to be much fun at times. Drew told me I stay too long, and they get bored. The girls caught some fish though and helped their friends do the same. I asked them what they thought about someone else catching a fish, and was glad to hear that it holds just as much reward for them as their own catches.
I have to say it is nice to have the quiet of the evening though and the meditation of rod and reel. Crane's Roost was a lot of work that night, but I caught some on a Bitter's Salty Hog, a Senko and a Yum Lizard. Without anyone asking me to leave or saying they were bored, I ended up staying deep into the night. I didn't find the hog I was looking for, but every fish was hard earned and a lot of fun. Even some of the smaller fish in here are chunks. The night before I caught 11 bass by the house, but they didn't come as easy here tonight.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.