Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Naturalist reports nice birding in the Gorge

Captain Pete Hosemann shared this image taken aboard the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer on a recent cruise. While fall color is fading, the autumn tones are still beautiful within the Gorge.

John Dever, one of the Aquarium's naturalists, reports seeing quite a few raptors on each cruise. "Yesterday was an outstanding day for continuing fall colors and the viewing of hawks and other migrants. A pair of Great Egrets wading the shoreline near Williams Island with a Bald Eagle in the trees above. Down in the Gorge we saw a couple of acrobatic Cooper's Hawks, as well as the more frequently viewed Red Tailed Hawk. On the way back we spotted a late season Osprey to round out a nice raptor list." 

The weather looks pretty nice for the upcoming Veteran's Day weekend. Maybe a relaxing day on the river is just what the doctor ordered before the holiday season begins. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Bob Hilscher said...

Hi there. I live in Toronto, Canada, and earlier this week, my wife, Jean, and I came upon an adult Red-tailed Hawk in Markham, Ontario. We have read that stalking a hawk is no easy task,that you have to sneak up on them when they are looking the other way. Well, this Hawk was only looking one way when it landed, and that was right at us! Fortunately, we had our camera with us and got some good pictures and video. We have posted them for anyone interested at: