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Once again on my annual fishing trip to Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota I was able to get a few photos of Common Loons, Bald Eagles and ducks all taken from the boat (thanks to willing boat captains who took a slight break from fishing so that I could snap a few quick shots.) The photos of the Common Mergansers below were a bit of a surprise as I looked at the photos because the drake had fish line wrapped around its beak and may have been unable to eat. I sent the photos the the National Park Service office at the park in hopes that they could use it as a part of their education efforts to remind fisher-persons why they shouldn't throw used, tangled fish line in the lake.
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Video of a Bald Eagle in Flight during the Raymond Barlow Raptor Workshop at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy near Simcoe, Ontario. The falconers flew the Eagle across the pond several times rewarding him with a tasty treat each time. I don't remember the exact camera settings. It was a 10-22mm lens on a DSLR and slowed down to half-speed in the editing.
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These were taken a couple of weeks ago near Park Rapids, MN. Left to right -
1. The Osprey nest is on the top of a power pole next to the highway. I had stopped on the opposite side of the road to take pictures from the sunroof of the car with the telephoto lens and was lucky enough to get the male returning to the nest with a fish in his talons to feed the chicks.
2. There is an Eagle's nest on an island on a small lake. From the canoe I took photos of one of the adults perched on a nearby tree in the evening. Hand-holding the big telephoto in a moving canoe was challenging.
3. While paddling a bit further I spotted a Kingfisher. Just as I quickly snapped a few photos a second Kingfisher flew through the frame and they both flew off. Kingfishers are very wary around people and I felt very lucky to get any photos.
4. A great Blue Heron flew over the lake while we were in the canoe.
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When I am out photographing birds, wildlife and landscapes I occasionally shoot some video at the same time. Here is a little video sampler of some of our photo adventures over the past few years. The still photos can be found throughout this web site.
I went to visit the local Eagle's nest yesterday and wasn't disappointed. There were two adults and at least one juvenile. From the car I was able to take a few photos as they flew up and down the river several times (terrorizing the ducks). Like visiting old friends - great to see the Eagles.
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]
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. -
Just a few notes about my photos. See more on Facebook.