Back in May I visited my parents. Well, it was a little more than that since most of my immediate family was there. Unlike normal people, I took few family pictures. What I did instead was take pictures of wildlife.
When I was a kid there were few, if any, eagles in the area. Now they are almost common. Almost. I’ve seen four or five at once. Yes, half a dozen eagles at one time. But that doesn’t mean every time I look up I see one, not by a long shot! So part of the picture taking experience was finding eagles. One was easy, since it was in a nest. Unfortunately I didn’t get any good pictures of the young chicks this year. Nor did I get any taking off or landing.
There is a little estuary where we hung out taking a lot of pictures. I got a few OK eagle pictures, but not as many good ones as last year. I did get some unusual ones, though. Like a little red wing blackbird chasing an eagle all over the sky. Or an adult and young eagle who landed near each other. They each played in the water (bathed?) then the young came over, said “hi” and walk out of sight. The adult hung out, got in the water again, then flew off.
We also saw some critters. There was a racoon swimming, but my pictures didn’t come out. the muskrat, though, looks OK.
One cool thing. I was taking pictures of a Great Blue Heron. It got up and flew towards us. It landed in the middle of the stream and picked up a large dead carp. It swam to water were it could stand and made several attempts to eat the fish. Finally it dropped the fish, sat for a minute, then flew off. When you look at the pictures below, if you go through them as a slide show, the Great Blue Heron pictures are in order.
I also took some pictures out of the window of my parents house at a bird feeder. Because of the light and dark it’s like shooting in a studio.
So, that’s most of the,. Click on a picture to see the details and start the “slide show”. I hope you enjoy!