Thursday was a "get your shot" day. I was trying to photograph two verdins that were flitting all over a mesquite tree. As I lifted my head, I saw a flash of red. No time to focus on this Vermillion Flycatcher. It's the first time I'd ever seen one. My next shot was of a perfectly focused, empty mesquite branch. So here's the first shot - fuzzy, but still dazzling. (Yesterday evening, I was sitting at my computer and looking out of the window when he showed up again - but only stayed a few seconds. )
Later, I was walking back into the house when a Red-Tailed Hawk swooped low over the house. I ran back to where I could see the top of the eucalyptus tree across the street, and shot these photos as she landed. Quick shots from far away, then heavily cropped, but you can still get a sense of her power and majesty.
All shots taken with Canon Rebel XT set at Aperture Priority, 300 mm., f/5.6, 1/4000