Spring is one of those times when things change rapidly. In the case of my visits to red-shouldered hawk territory, it had been nine days since my previous visit. What a difference a few days make!
The warmer temperatures and rain caused the leaves to jump out and almost obscure my view. But through my binoculars I could see one fuzzy-white nestling peeping over the edge of the nest.
I wrote in my sketchbook: "The sun was shining through the canopy making everything glow with yellow-green. The shading is perfectly timed to keep the nestling and parents cool as the temperatures rise." Ap 26, 2009. On the day of this observation, the afternoon temp hit 93 degrees F.
In every aspect, nature's timing is full of wisdom!
To see more images and details of this visit, click here. To see the entire series of my visits with these red-shouldered hawks visit Vickie Henderson Art.