Hawk watcher #1, Cranberry Marsh
Hawk watch is the term fondly used to describe what is actually a raptor watch. Many migrating raptors (eagles, hawks, falcons and vultures) are heading southward to avoid Canada's winter.
Hawk watcher #2, Cranberry Marsh
Many raptors fly through southern Ontario to the northern shores of Lake Ontario then head westerly to cross into the U.S. between Lakes Ontario and Erie. Cranberry Marsh is one spot on Lake Ontario where the raptors turn westerly.
To conserve energy on their long journey, raptors take advantage of strong updrafts to help them glide towards their destination. Since most raptors flying south are very high up, hawk watchers use binoculars and spotting scopes to help them identify which raptors are passing through.
Bald eagle flying over Cranberry Marsh
A few raptors did fly low enough for me to capture with my lens, but this bald eagle was likely not part of the official count as it was one of the "locals." In fact it was in the middle of a scuffle with another local bald eagle over the prize (whatever that is I don't know) this eagle was carrying in its claws.
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