Was tracking this Shorty across the late evening sky as it was gracefully working its way above the prairie when it abruptly went vertical to dive toward something it saw or heard below. Will miss these wonderful flying machines . . .
The talons of eagles are impressive, no doubt. According to scientists at HawkQuest in Colorado, a bald eagle's gripping strength is ten times stronger than the average grip of an adult human hand . . .
As the largest native waterfowl in North America, and with a wingspan of up to 7 to 8 feet, these elegant swans need a lot of room to take off . . . on water that is: Trumpeters cannot take off on land, only on water. . . .
Instead of a golden hour, it was more like a few golden minutes. Tom Skilling said the clouds might break toward the end of the day, but they held tight until the very end when the sun finally emerged from the main cloud layer only to sink into another layer of clouds before it disappeared into the horizon . . .
Back in September the bumblebees had become quite active around the flowers, and I was watching this one in particular as it collected some pollen from this finch-plucked flower, and then it crawled out onto these two petals and it stopped moving . . . for about 8 to 10 minutes. Then it started its wing machine . . .