Overcast Skies Continue

We are in a stretch of cloudy days, seems like the sun has vanished. At least we are not getting a lot of heavy rain. Both dams have a gate or two open still. The water levels finally receding.

The first two photos today are the same but cropped differently. Could not decide which I liked best so I posted both. The shot is what is called a panning blur where you slow the shutter speed down to try and catch the head in focus and the rest of the scene will blur showing motion. This one shot at 1/30th of a second. I have wanted to try this for some time with eagles finally gave it a try.

The gulls are really chasing the Osprey when they catch a fish. Don’t recall them doing it as often as they have the past couple days. Yesterday the gulls did get two Osprey to drop fish. One the gull got when it fell back to the water, the other a pelican scooped it up before the gull could recover it.

Saw a large flock of shorebirds fly by high in the sky. Could not ID them but the long bills remind me of sandpipers.

Forgot to mention in yesterdays post was the first Great Egret I have seen this year.

The eagles are feeding young at two of the nests I watch. Have not seen any tiny heads popping up yet.

You may get tired of Osprey picks as I so enjoy watching them fish. The Osprey after coming out of the water and gaining some height will shake off water. I got lucky and caught that twice yesterday. Have a great day…

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4 Responses to Overcast Skies Continue

  1. Ellen Bunnell says:

    First of the two Eagle pix would be my choice, it has more action in that the space aimed at is longer. Pic two cuts it short and even gives the impression of speed stop. Enjoying all of the Osprey, and the new catches of shaking off the water especially so. Also, always like see the battle over catches when there are two different kinds of birds are at it. I miss seeing bluebirds. New neighbor took down 3 nesting boxes that former neighbors used to draw them in. Oh well, city/small town life, you can’t see them all.

    • Jim says:

      Ellen Bunnell,
      Thank You for picking one of the shots. Even large without cropping so much is better yet but with the size I use for photos on the blog I have to crop small since I post so many each day. Our old dsl line is slow. So many times I forget to keep tracking and try and catch the shake off. There usually has to be a dark background for the spray of water to show up. Some times every fish that surfaces triggers a chain reaction for the gulls, heron, pelicans, osprey, etc to try and get there first. Then chase who ever got it and try for the steal. I cleaned out our bluebird houses last week. Hope they use them again. I think they are like purple martins, depend on folks to put up boxes to nest in. I have never seen one in a tree cavity…

  2. You got exactly the results you wanted with the eagles!
    I like to see any and all birds but that bluebird has to be my favorite this time.

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      Thank You, had a lot of practice on other birds. I think the contrast from the white head and the dark body helps the camera focus better on them. Yep, seeing a few bluebirds on the farm but have not seen them carrying nesting material to our two boxes yet…

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