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Yesterday I went to visit one of the local Eagle's nest before the leaves get too big to see it. There were two eaglets visible in the nest and only one adult present in the three-hours that I observed the nest. You have to look carefully at the images below to see the young birds, grayish-brown in color and quite a bit smaller than the adult. The adult would fly over to a branch overlooking the stream like a sentry keeping guard over the unattended chicks. While I didn't see any new food brought in to the nest I did see the adult scrape away and move a large pile of grass in the nest, dig down with her/his beak and rip chunks of meat from whatever dead animal was stored in the pantry to feed the young birds. Then off to the sentry post again while the eaglets laid low in the nest. A relaxing way to spend a nice spring evening - just watching the birds. [Click the images to see larger]
A walk in the woods at this time of year can be quite a thrill. The migratory spring birds are everywhere. Lots of little Warblers and similar sized birds flitting around everywhere. Taking pictures of them and locking focus is a challenge, as is trying to get a shot not obstructed by branches. A telephoto lens and a fast shutter speed are a must and so is hand-holding the camera, because the the birds are moving so fast. I can't tell you how many photos I have thrown away because the bird flies out of the frame between the time that I start to push the shutter release and when the camera takes the picture. Just a split second, but the bird has already jumped to another branch. Here are a few of my sightings from yesterday. Click the images to see a larger view. [More Spring Birds here and here]
I gave in. I finally decided to post some pictures on Facebook also. Go to my Facebook page then click the Like or Follow button and you can stay updated on some of my photo adventures. Of course you will need to log in to Facebook to see them. -
A Scarlet Tanager in the back yard. Wow. Tuesday I went for a birding hike with the Webelos at the Nature Center and we saw a bright red Scarlet Tanager near the old brewery. I don't recall if I have seen one there previously. It was a thrill for all to see but I didn't get a picture. Wednesday morning I got up to see what new birds might be in the back yard. There were eight Baltimore Orioles at the feeders and in among them was an orange variant Scarlet Tanager. A first for my back yard. The past two days I have also had Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Goldfinches, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Harris' Sparrows, a pair of Cardinals, Mourning Doves, and another thrill to see both an Orchard Oriole and an immature male Orchard Oriole (they look quite different), and more.
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