I’ve gotten a real nice surprise working up in the control tower at Sugar Land Airport. Eagles, Falcons and Hawks fly by daily! I have missed my birds, having moved back into the suburbs, so getting to see birds again is a real treat. In this case, big birds!
First I saw the red-shouldered hawk and started watching where it hovered, perched and nested. Behind the tower is a large wooded park. One day while watching for hawks, I saw a bald eagle! In Texas? Yup, in Texas! American Bald Eagles range from Texas to Alaska. I haven’t gotten a photograph of it yet, but I will. I’m happy to see these giant birds soar across the open fields looking for rodents or fish in nearby ponds.
Then today, I saw this huge bird perched where the hawk usually lands. It looked different than the eagles I’d seen before, so I grabbed a picture of it with my pocket camera just to get a shot to study. After a little research, I believe that this is not a juvenile bald eagle but instead, a Crested Caracara which is more closely related to the falcon family.
I’m having lots of fun getting to see all the wonderful wildlife Texas has to offer – right up there in my climate controlled observation tower! I’m going to start taking my telephoto lenses so I can get better images. But for now, I’m enjoying getting to know my new winged friends.