Between March 5 and March 9 I saw 3 Red Tailed Hawks and 1 Bald Eagle in Downtown Hamilton! Not only that, but I was lucky enough to have my camera (and my new lens!) with me to capture photographs.
This new lens is definitely living up to its potential (although I have had a few snags with using a polarizing filter - the lens rotates with focus which means I have to adjust the filter everytime I refocus.)! The first sighting was of 2 Red Tailed Hawks perched in a tree just outside the apartment! My heart always races when I see unexpected wildlife, and this was no different. Although one of the hawks flew away, I caught some photographs of the other enjoying a meal of something small and feathered.
It was on the 9th of March that I caught sight of the Bald Eagle. It was so far away I could not tell what it was until I looked at the pictures I had taken. Knowing how big these birds are, I realized that it was much further than I had first thought.
I was very excited by these sightings, and I assume these birds were part of the Northerward Spring Raptor Migration. I am excited to see more raptors this spring and am keeping my eyes open!
These observations can also be found on my iNaturalist account.