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Afternoon watch 11-23-11

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

On a very dark and dreary afternoon in Rochester I set out to find falcons after I dropped Sue off at work. I am very happy to say that I will have the truck for the entire weekend and that means sharing space with our Rochester falcons. I left without my camera so when I found Unity over at KP I couldn’t take a pic. She was on the black stripe of the blue building and she had her back to me. I didn’t hang out with her too long because what little light there was would be fading soon and I didn’t know how long I’d have to search for the Beautyful one.

Coming into downtown I checked the FCT first and usually I go to the Broad St. bridge after that but I decided to go to the Andrews St. bridge first to check the north side of OCSR. Not there I scanned my eyes to the statue of Mercury and I thought it looked like a falcon on the money bag hand. I looked in my trusty binocs and sure enough it was Beauty. Being too far for pics I drove to Aqueduct St. and started clicking away.

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For most of the time I spent with our downtown diva she had her head tucked down into her chest but she did crank her neck every now and again looking at something down in the river.

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As it got darker and darker out and my fingers went numb from the cold I wondered if  I would have enough light left to get a takeoff shot worth posting. Well at just about 5:00pm in the dark she took off from Mercury and as I clicked the shutter I saw her go into the stoop position and then vanish behind the Thomson Reuters building. Unfortunately the takeoff was too blurry to do anything but delete it. My watch ended having seen both of our resident female falcons and a smile on my face! 🙂

3 Responses to “Afternoon watch 11-23-11”

  1. Kris G. Says:

    Beauty’s looking quite regal on that money bag! Thanks for the report, MAK!

  2. MAK Says:

    You’re welcome Kris and I think she looks best on her money bag! 🙂

  3. Alison Says:

    I find it interesting that NA females seem to like to hang around in the winter to preserve their territory and the males are more inclined to keep wandering.

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