A couple of days ago, on a very dreary and overcast morning, I was out on the boardwalk with several other birders, photographers, and walkers.
This one, however, was simply showing off, apparently!
He kept taking off, as if he was going to head straight toward the woods to get a new branch, but then suddenly took a right turn – and flew directly in front of us (with no branch!) . . . just for the fun of it, we assumed!~A moment later, as we were just recovering from that first “fly-by”, he swooped around and flew by again, a few short feet away. It made for great entertainment – and some really close-up in-flight shots – as he repeated the cycle several more times!