I was about to sit down to dinner yesterday when I walked by the patio door and saw this beauty. It was not too long after 6.00 p.m. He was perched on the top of the deck rail. I was totally mesmerized, so close!
We stared at each other for a while. I thought my sudden appearance would have frightened it off, but it seemed as though it stayed for almost 15 minutes and I was rooted in the spot.
He wasn't the only one with an open mouth. After I shook myself out of my own open-mouthed stupor, I grabbed the camera and started snapping away.
I kept taking photos because I thought beauty here would be gone. I have no idea how long it had been there before I walked by.
I didn't want to leave but after dozens of photo opportunities I thanked beauty for this early evening gift. I had been feeling that because of the loss of our two main trees, wildlife would be sparse but there it was to prove me wrong. Gorgeous bird!
Beauty's potential dinner was in hiding. What I have noticed in the past is that our backyard wildlife is very good making themselves scarce when one of these is around. They have to survive and long may they do so, but I was glad I didn't have to see it catch its dinner, as much as I like and admire them.