Yesterday dawned bright and sunny and we decided early to go out for lunch. As usual our plans morphed as we headed out to drive to Kettles near Chatsworth. So we by-passed the restaurant and headed around the by-pass for Owen Sound instead, out into Kemble Township looking for more of an adventure. We ended up at the Kemble Womens Institute Lookout over-looking a brilliant blue Georgian Bay, a suitable destination.
Along the way we were surprised to see a Red-tailed Hawk simply sitting in a snowy field not far from the road. We've never seen one this close before, and rarely sitting on the ground.
It rose to an alert position and appeared to be listening to something under the snow, perhaps a Meadow Vole.
Suddenly it spread its wings and pounced forward, giving us a glimpse of the reddish feathers in its tail.
Don't know if it caught something or not, but it sat for a moment looking around, looked right at us and abruptly flew away, possibly with a small mammal for lunch in its claws.
Hard to crop the photos too much with an iphone camera, but this was definitely one for the books!