The butterflies were out in numbers as the sunshine gave them flight. Once in a while we have a White Peacock or two drift through and it always makes me happy to capture one.
Landing on my freeze-damaged potato vine this Monarch put on an opening and closing "wing show" for us.
The hawks in our neighborhood do fascinate me with their soaring flight and pleasant shrill calls they sound. While chasing down a butterfly the wings of this hawk landing in the open grass of my next door neighbor's yard caught my eye. Hawks don't seem to be too threatened by humans so I slowly moved as close as I thought I could to take some snaps.
If you tend to be squeamish you might not want to read or view the rest of my story.
After standing there for several seconds looking around as if to stake out its territory it used its beak and talons to dig around in the grass. Poking his head a little further into the ground I couldn't see his eyes anymore.
Voila! He came up with the prize. It would be interesting to know if this was his target or if this snake was disturbed by his landing???
mmmmm... yummy... breakfast of champions! The way he snagged this snake right out of the grass made me wonder how many times I have walked over one of these slithering garden creatures without the least knowledge of it. Oh well, best not to think about that too long.
It was a matter of seconds and no apparent effort...