I found this Harris’ Hawk soaring over the swamp this morning about 9:00 a.m. It was riding thermals and drifted off to the northeast. I’ll keep an eye out for it. I suspect that it got blown this way by the recent storm (1.65-2.25″ rain in Jacumba). This is the first Harris’ since October 2013.
These pics were taken on a brand new model lens. The hawk pics are not acceptable, the bird was not too high and the pics each are about 1.9 megs. The Costa’s hummer is borderline bad as is the heron. I could post some really awful oriole & kingbird pics, but, dear reader, you’d need eye-bleach. I returned the new lens, hoping that the replacement they send me will be at least as sharp as the previous model. The new len’s advantage is that it weighs about half as much and has VR (vibration reduction). I won’t hold my breath.