A long loop walk with Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle this week took us behind the apartment complex more than a few blocks away from our home in the Syracuse city neighborhood home of Eastwood.
I noticed a Fed Ex truck stopped on the extreme right side of the lot, hugging the bit of unkempt grass pressed up against brush.
Closer up, I noticed the delivery guy holding his smart phone in camera position, quietly aimed toward the bushes. And then a majestic, huge bird took flight.
The falcon had been feeding on a snake, the man informed me, still a little breathless, and I apologized that Ellie B and I had scared it into action.
He said he’s been shooting its natural state down low for five minutes and was glad to see it up high.
The beautiful bird landed midway up in a tree about a third of a football field away. Ellie B and I approached as quietly as we could muster. She appeared to understand the beauty and unique nature of the moment as I slowly pulled my iPhone 4 (still) from my shorts pocket and snapped the shot above.
Braver, I hoped for a closer perspective.
The falcon had other ideas and took off.
Perhaps my limited technology will allow you to recognize the falcon in the middle of the second version of my one captured moment.
Have you ever walked upon a beautiful wildlife situation in an unexpected location, and if so, where and what did it entail? What’s the largest non-domesticized animal you’ve seen, and did you scare it away or did it scare you away? What’s your wish list for seeing an animal in its natural habitat, and why?