Sandhill Cranes Around Cecilia, Kentucky

Feb272015SanhillCraneFlyingWingsDownWe stopped by Cecilia, Kentucky on our way to Louisville yesterday. Our hopes of seeing Sandhill Cranes at a stopping place the cranes use in migration. The Sandhill Cranes were scattered around throughout the area. With the fields mostly snow covered the cranes were on each spot of thawed ground or area that had a bit of open water or wet spot. There were a few areas with huge groups but mostly small groups in nearly every cornfield it seemed.

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Feb272015DeerLeaping.

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Hope Carleton Kentucky Outdoorsman

Feb262015TowboatJakeWestBeforeSunriseA good friend passed away at the age of 89 yesterday. Hope Carleton was his name. Hope was one of those people you felt blessed to have known and spent time with. A character was he who had his own distinct ways. A couple years of my life were enhanced by our chance meeting and friendship. Mornings outdoors and on the water normally spent alone were shared with Hope. Hope was an outdoor mentor that was open to gaining your appreciation and knowledge as well. There will be many mornings when I see a sunrise, a dimple of a fish rising to the surface of the water. A duck making a twisting diving turn down towards the water when a memory cell will bring back thoughts of Hope. A joke that I have heard before, a cold bacon and egg sandwich enjoyed on a boat as it drifts with the current. That passing of time when anything outdoors seems surprising I will hold it close with the desire to pass the occurrence on to Hope on our next chance meeting…………

Jul262014HopeDrivingBoatYes, I will miss and think of this dear friend many times in the future. My love of the outdoors is not matched by many but Hope was one who loved it and lived it as I do……

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Feb262015AmericanWhitePelicanGliding.

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Feb262015BaldEaglePairAtNest.

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Feb262015BaldEagleFlyingCloseUpWe will be gone over the weekend, not sure if I will post each day or not? Be back at it Tuesday if not sooner…..

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Wednesday Captures

Feb252015DeerRunning.

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Feb252015AmericanWhitePelicanLanding.

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Feb252015AmericanWhitePelicansWorkingTogether.

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Feb252015PelicanWithCatfishInPouch.

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Feb252015PelicanWithGizzardShadInPouch.

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Feb252015OpposumCrop.

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Feb252015BaldEaglePerchedWithCootInTalons.

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Feb252015BaldEagleFlyOutOfNest.

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Feb252015BaldEaglePairPerchedTogether.

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American White Pelicans Below Barkley Dam

Feb242015AmericanWhitePelicanFlockCirclingThe American White Pelicans arrived below Barkley Dam yesterday. It was a bit unusual in that so many birds arrived at once. Most years a few birds trickle in and then the numbers build, peaking towards the end of March or first of April. The size of the Pelicans is incredible. The birds weigh up to thirty pounds, with a wingspan that can reach the width of nine feet. In the spring the birds may eat almost 40 percent of their body weight in a day. Being so large they do not move all that fast but something about these birds affects my trigger finger. I have to force myself to slow down when photographing them. Still I usually end up taking more pictures than I care to look through at the end of a shooting session.

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Feb242015AmericanWhitePelicanDroppingDownToLandWithSunFlares.

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Feb242015AmericanWhitePelicanDroppingDownToLand.

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Feb242015AmericanWhitePelicanTakeOff.

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Feb242015AmericanWhitePelicanThreadfinShadInPouch.

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Feb242015AmericanWhitePelicanRidingTheWave

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Tuesday Morning Captures

Feb232015BaldEaglePairPerched.

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Feb232015BrownThrasher.

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Feb232015BaldEagleFlyingDownFromNest.

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Feb232015SnowGeese.

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Feb232015BaldEagleLandingInNestWithStick.

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Feb232015BaldEagleFlyingOutOfNestMateInNest.

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Feb232015BaldEagleFlyingAtMeCloseUpSunBurst

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