Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Very Poor "Digi-scoping" Pictures . . . but more importantly, a Sad Story!
I took lots and lots of pictures of her. Some had a lot closer vantage, but were blurry. Some were clear, but too dark. The view through my lens and my scope were pretty awesome . . . up close and personal . . . and I was able to share the view with my friend Laurie, and with Christina, who I had invited to come along to view the birds. The view we had, however, did not translate into the pictures I took. We watched, and I attempted to take pictures, until it got late and I needed to get going home.
Over the weekend . . . a very intense series of storms came through our area. I heard that an unconfirmed tornado touched down in a section of Southern La Crosse. I got a message on Sunday evening from Laurie that the nest tree had been knocked down . . . along with a lot of other trees in the area. Here is a link to the local newspaper with more pictures of the storm damage.
Unlike Joplin, MO, La Crosse's storm, and the same one that blew through rural areas of Minnesota, and then touched down a tornado in Sparta , Wiscosin, did not leave as much damage. Certainly, homes will need to be repaired, cars will need to have hail damage and windows replaced, but for the most part, it is my understanding no homes were completely destroyed. Many old trees were knocked down. To my knowledge, no lives were lost here. The same can not be said of Joplin . . . and my heart goes out to those living there through their tragedy.
For the hawks . . . . they are not an endangered species . . . . and they will pick up again next year, to include finding a new mate if one was lost. They do not shed tears . . . but instead will spend the summer off nest duty from egg brooding and eyas raising. It is unfortunate though . . . as I would have enjoyed going back and taking more pictures of their private lives.