While Rich and I were getting reacquainted I heard some other strange sounds coming from outside. I didn’t get around to investigating until this afternoon but then my suspicions were confirmed: Mrs. Hannibal has come back from her six month vacation elsewhere.
Long time readers remember Hannibal, the Coopers Hawk who lives in the tall tree in the front yard. This is the third Spring we will have been here and Hannibal has been here each year to raise his family.
This involves a lot of fancy courtship, a lot of territorial screeching and loud chirping and many many parts. Parts that fall or are flung out of the tree, deemed inedible. I started calling him Hannibal the first year after he dropped a pigeon foot on me, maybe for good luck.
I’ve never been here for a long stretch before but rather a week or ten days at a time so following Hannibal and his family has been disjointed at best. Also, he usually stays quite high and it’s hard to get a bead on him (this year he might make an exception, since I’ve put a small bird feeder in the yard). Hannibal might be just the final incentive to spring for that self-stabilizing lens I’ve been wanting. I would like to follow their antics more consistently this year.
Getting the two of them together is even more of a challenge but this afternoon they were getting to know each other all over again and I got a couple of shots. She is the larger of the pair, on the right. In the last photo, it’s quite clear that Hannibal is doing the happy dance. She doesn’t appear overly impressed.