Did you know today, January 10th is National Save the Eagles Day? I could not imagine life without these majestic birds to photograph in the wild. I could photograph Eagles all day long. They are beautiful to watch even when they are munching on their latest carcass.
The Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle are the only two found here in the USA. I applaud all conservation efforts to save the Eagles all around the world.
I love to photograph Eagles. To me, the high-flying bird is a wonder to watch. This Eagle seemed to sit perfectly still watching over the Maple River. I am sure he could see every little creature moving as he looked for his next meal.
I know the photo is not the best. He or She (I cannot tell the difference) was actually faraway. The picture is cropped to enhance the image.
When I was a teenager, my best friend died of cancer. He always said, if reincarnation existed, he would come back as an Eagle. Needless to say, every time I spot an Eagle, I think of him.
Ok…I am not bird a expert. I am just guessing. But, when the Egrets and other water birds begin to gather, I know summer is coming to an end. Hard to believe right now, the temperatures are still in the 90-degree range with high humidity. Yet, from my photo adventures, I can tell you colder weather is just around the corner.
I snapped this photo over by the dikes, yes, that is a local term. I know there is a formal name for the protected wetland area. I just cannot remember. (I keep telling myself to photograph the sign, but I get distracted by the wildlife).
Ok, before I begin, I want to say this is not one of my finest photos. In fact, the photo was taken at a great distance. The image is also heavily cropped. But, I still like it. So I thought I would share. If you look closely, you can actually see the baby Osprey peeking over the nest.
I am hoping to get a better image. But for now, I am extremely happy with this one.
I didn’t see this little family of Canadian Geese at first. I originally was just snapping a few photos of the landscape. But the adult geese let me know I was close. I backed away, trying not to disturb them. But the adult geese quickly ushered their goslings into the water.
The family of Canadian Geese was a pleasant surprise to photograph.
There’s something about these birds that I just love. I know, they are not the prettiest. But I do love to watch them. This Turkey Vulture was busy feasting on a dead carcass when I snapped this image.
He (or she) shuffled off the feasting area long enough to stare back at me. Then, slowly strolled back over to finish lunch. Now, I used a long lens to take this photo. But the Turkey Vulture was still unsure of me. So, I snapped a couple more photos and went on my way. I did not want to disturb his meal too much.
I always say nature photography is a game of chance. You must be in the right place at the right time. I know the photos of Bald Eagles are not perfect. But I could have watched them all day long. The majestic birds were actually in the middle of a field. Since I lost all my equipment in the fire. I only had what was available. (A camera that was gifted to me, which I am extremely grateful for. I would not have taken the pictures without it.)
Anyways, the pair, feasting on a dead carcass, were not disturbed by constant camera clicking. Of course, I did not stay long. I was afraid of scaring them away from their meal.
In mid-Michigan, we are experiencing flooding. Even though my yard has lots of water, I am fortunate. Many areas in Michigan are at a complete loss due to the heavy rains, flooding, and dam failures. For me, the flooded fields bring a chance to experience nature.
I admit I am glad no one can see me in my waders as I wander out into the flooded field. I only go where I can judge the depth of the water. Personally, I love to stand in the middle of the flooded field and just watch the natural world around me.
I am not sure who was more startled…me or the duck.
Even though the hawk was far away, I still snapped this photo. I love how his talons hang down. He (I think) was looking for his next meal.
The carp were enjoying the sunshine and warmer waters on the edge of the field. I know the carp are just bottom feeders but I love to watch them.
Further down the road, the Maple River is running fast. In fact, the water is just up underneath the bridge. I obviously stood back from the water to snap photos.
Even though the wind still holds the winter chill, the sun is shining brightly today. I am ecstatic to see the first signs of spring. Don’t get me wrong I am positive old man winter is not done with us. But, the early signs of spring always provides an extra mood lift.
The Sandhill Cranes have been voicing their return. Their deep throating rattle is music to my ears as they fly high above me.
The Canadian geese are very vocal down on the river flats. The snow is slowly melting away.
I see Robins searching for food in my yard. The Red-Winged Blackbirds are singing loudly. The slight warm-up brings good cheer to all creatures, not just humans.