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The Sentinel

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The Sentinel.
 
Late one afternoon our group was near Kelly, Wyoming photographing some snow covered pines. As we drove back we spotted 2 Bald Eagles on a power pole, one half way up, one on the top. We stopped to photograph them of course. We noticed that the one half way up was feeding on what we later identified as a Mallard duck. Our first thought was the one on top was waiting to feed, but as we looked closer we noticed that it had a full crop, which is the area at the top of the digestive system that stores food. We are guessing the two were a mated pair and simply shared dinner, the one on the top of the pole was simply waiting for the other to finish its meal, almost standing guard as it ate.
 
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Osprey Sunning

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2019 by lilybug1960

Osprey sunning.
 
The same morning we photographed the Osprey fishing on Merritt Island, we also scored this beautiful scene on the way out. The Osprey was enjoying the warm morning sun on a perch. It posed for us a while but eventually flew off when a crowd gathered behind us. Osprey are one of my favorite raptor, or close to a tie for first with Eagles, and are always great to photograph.
 
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Fish, its what’s for dinner…

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2019 by lilybug1960

Fish, its what’s for breakfast.
 
I made it home yesterday evening from a week of teaching at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida. This year, as every previous year, I met some wonderful folks and spent time in the field helping them capture images of some spectacular birds. It is fun to be among so many fellow bird nerds, and I am humbled by their birding skills. One of the more spectacular moments happened just as we were rapping up a morning session. We were driving when we spotted an Osprey hovering and circling a small area of water right by the road. It would be a perfect opportunity to photograph a bird in flight! Soon the lone Osprey was joined by 5 others! The 6 Osprey were very interested in a small area waiting for the perfect moment to dive for a fish. One finally did successfully, catching a fish, more specifically a spotted sea trout I think. It turned and began flying directly at our group. At one point it paused and “shook” the water off its wings beside us. The Osprey then flew off to a platform to enjoy its catch while avoiding the others that would gladly have taken the fish if given the opportunity.
 
Now it is time to prepare for the predicted 2 to 3 inches of snow that might fall on Bear Woods tonight…
 
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Another image of Taiga

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2019 by lilybug1960

Another image of Taiga.
 
I am fascinated by owls, especially Great Grey Owls. I so enjoyed photographing Taiga while we were at our workshop in Jackson earlier this month. I loved the way she would strike a “hunting” pose for us, almost ready to dive into the snow to capture a small rodent. We always love our visits with the Teton Raptor Center and look forward to seeing them in May when we do our spring workshop in the Tetons (you should probably join us if you haven’t registered already). http://www.natureinfocusworkshops.com/
 
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Lifting Off

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2018 by lilybug1960

Lifting off.
 
After the approach, the grab, comes the lifting off and eventual delivery of the catch to the nest. This was a few seconds after grabbing the fish. The Eagles are pretty strong and their wingspan allows them to lift off with a fish or other catch. Being a fairly small fish, the Eagle lifted off without getting too wet. Just seeing it was a special and spectacular moment.
 
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The Approach

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Approach.
 
The next few images I will share over the next few days were from Big Canoe after our incident with the fawn. It had been windy all morning and the Eagles were pretty much doing nothing, but the wind settled down around 9:30 or so and the lake began to smooth out. The male Eagle had been perched in a tree on a point the whole morning, except for a brief moment when he “snagged” a Bluejay that had been harassing him all morning. Yes, he caught the Bluejay and relocated it to the nest as brunch for the Eaglets. The Bluejays left him alone after that. No, I didn’t get the image.
 
We talked with several fisherman that morning, one on a paddle board, who told us about an incident where he had caught a fish and in an attempt to put it into his creel bag, it got loose. One of the Eagles came down and took it from the water fairly close to him. While Mark was fishing he hooked a fish and I noticed the Eagle watched closely as he landed the fish. Later he caught one that was too small and he was returning it to the lake. The female Eagle appeared out of nowhere and began circling the fish. We reacted quickly and started capturing as the Eagle swooped down and grabbed the fish (the image was at 350mm!). We learned something. The Eagles have adapted to fisherman and being opportunist as they are, they grab fish when given a chance. I talked with other friends who live in Big Canoe and they have said they have had the Eagles circle their canoes or kayaks when the catch a fish probably hoping the fish escapes.They seem to use the tree on the point not only as a perch to look for fish, but to watch the fisherman as well.
 
We have witnessed the Eagles fishing, successfully, on their own, but being opportunistic feeders, they obviously will take advantage of an easy meal. I know the Eagles at Berry College retrieve roadkill often and bring it to the nest. When you are feeding 2 babies, I guess an easy meal is a good thing, helping to save energy especially in the heat.
 
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Simply Regal

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Simply Regal.
 
When the male Big Canoe Bald Eagle turned towards us and sat posing for a moment before taking off to fish, the word regal came to mind. Seeing the Eagle sitting there was just magnificent to see. I have told the story before, but the first time I saw a Bald Eagle was on the Snake River in Wyoming in 1976. I became infatuated with them at that time thinking how lucky I was to see such a magnificent bird that had been driven to endangered status through the use of pesticides. Seeing this Eagle so close to home was and is simply an incredible feeling truly beyond description for me. Having it fly over me within 20 feet was simply a Wow moment.
 
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