Archive for December, 2012

The fierce look of a red tail hawk. I got within 35′ of this hawk sitting in the sun warming a few days ago:




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He finally spotted me just off Murray Road and he took off showing his beautiful red tail:


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On Highway 327 about half way to Deer on 12/26/12 (where they got 6 inches of snow), I tookt this photo of a young Red-tail hawk in the flurries:


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Taken with a handheld Canon 50D and a 400mm f/5.6 lens.  She seems to be happy with the sunshine:


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She is leaving the brush in search of seeds. This photo was taken at way too slow a speed to stop her wings but her head is stationary. It is in the upper 20’s this morning in the mountains SW of Parthenon:

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A Christmas Hermit Thrush

On this Christmas morning this quiet Hermit Thrush is looking towards the skies. Peace everyone !


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Update 8:45 AM, Monday 12/24:



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… Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from noon Tuesday to
midnight CST Tuesday night…

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from noon Tuesday to
midnight CST Tuesday night.

* Event… a developing storm system will approach Arkansas from
the west on Christmas day. A mixture of mainly snow and sleet
will develop over the area Christmas day… eventually changing
to all snow as the day progresses. The snow will taper off
late Tuesday evening.

* Snow accumulations… three to six inches of snow accumulation
are expected. Some locally higher amounts will be possible in
the higher elevations.

* Impact… travel conditions will be treacherous… as roadways
become ice and snow covered.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow…
sleet… and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also
possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.


White = Winter Storm Warning:




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Its cool this morning, about 40F (not bad for December) but cold and snow will be setting in this week. Highs will barely reach freezing after Tuesday. This is good. We need some real cold weather this winter. This morning early a female  Downey Woodpecker was working the bark of a sassafras tree in the side yard. Got this photo with a Canon 7D and a 600mm f/4.0 lens at f/5.6; she was born last spring:


Potential for snow is good for Christmas day:


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18 degrees in Murray Valley, one valley to the south. Just a early morning photo:


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