Afternoon at Sachuest

White-tailed deer twin portrait
White-tailed deer twin portrait

Since we are now in Standard Time, sunrise is earlier in because of one of the kids, work schedule; I elected to go to Sachuest in the afternoon. The main reason is that white-tail deer are more active around sunrise and sunset and I still am looking for some decent pictures of white-tail deer bucks.

Starting our way down the path, we came across two gentlemen who were observing what they thought was a warbler. The little bird was somewhat antsy but posed long enough, so we were able to obtain images. In fact, as we continue down the path, the bird stayed in front of us. My first impression was a Goldfinch due to the fact, I only saw some yellow and the wing bars. Thank God again for computer screens which allowed me to make and identification of a Yellow-throated Vireo.

Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo

We traveled down to the big rocks and were able to locate harlequin ducks out on one of the further rocks.

Harlequin ducks in a location image
Harlequin ducks in a location image

Traveling back on the Ocean view loop toward the visitor center, at the usual place up on the grassy meadows in the hill there was some deer present, all those, grazing. Two of does seem to be snuggling to one another and later on in a different area; I came across the same event occurring.

White-tail deer smooching
White-tail deer smooching
White-tail deer smooching
White-tail deer smooching

We came across more harlequins, which were illuminated by the sun being almost behind them._d5c6628-edit

Finally, arriving at the visitor center, flitting from a fence to the solar panels and back was a raptor. Initially, I thought it was a Peregrine Falcon and the Ranger inside the visitor center confirm that. However, again, looking at the images on the computer screen, I had to change my identification to a Cooper’s Hawk.

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk

Here is a picture of me photographing taken by my son.

My photograph
My photograph

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