Wednesday Morning Captures

Moved around a lot Wednesday morning. Did not see much out of the ordinary. All the heron I saw were standing around on one leg. I took that as a sign that the wildlife were resting today. So I headed home.

It is always surprising how many more hawks I see in the winter months with the leaves off the trees. Stayed home in the afternoon and chopped up the leaves on the lawn. The maples in the front yard now bare. Saw my first dark eyed junco in the yard another sign of winter.

Enjoyed the end of a warm afternoon by sitting on the back porch sipping coffee. It won’t be long till the cold of winter settles in…

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Today’s Flashback Photo ” American Kestrel “

 

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Less Active Day

The temperatures once again got up in to the sixties yesterday. It seemed like the wildlife activity slowed down as the day warmed up. I did have several chances for ducks coming in to land early. Was not happy with the job I did capturing it. Will keep trying…

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Today’s Flashback Photo¬† ” Red Shouldered Hawk “

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Interesting Stuff

I get to see a lot of interesting stuff. I don’t always know exactly what is going on. Many times like yesterday what I see is too far off for good photos. Still the camera lets me see what the naked eye can not. Even though winter so far has been mild, it looks like food is becoming scarce at times.

An adult eagle caught a large fish on the far side of the river. It flew along the bank a long ways then landed. It took a couple bites of the fish then flew off leaving the fish on the river bank. Three juvenile eagles flew in right away and began to fight over the fish. The oldest looking juvenile ate the most then the next oldest. Once when the tussle over the fish got serious looking the youngest eagle flew up in to a nearby tree. An adult flew in and knocked the juvenile off its perch as if to say get down there and fight for the fish. The youngest eagle finally did get to eat when the other juveniles went to drink.

Later I watched a Great Blue Heron catch two mice in the grass then carry the mice out in to the water dunk them and shake them before flipping them in its beak and swallowing them whole. About that time a mink came swimming in to the mix of heron and ducks. The ducks would follow the mink then when the mink turned and swam back at them the ducks would fly a few feet land and start following the mink again. I have no idea what this behavior was about. Perhaps just curiosity? It is always interesting to observe the goings on in nature. When more than one species interact it usually leaves me wondering. I don’t always have to know what is happening to appreciate. Some where down the line another piece of the puzzle may fill me and answer some of the questions. Interesting stuff that keeps life fascinating…

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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Good Moves And Timing

Yesterday was one of those days when I moved around a lot. My walks ending up with pretty good timing when I arrived at a new spot. It was another day that warmed up quickly. Being a Sunday there were lots of fisherman out having some success or at least when I watched they were making a catch.

Still very little eagle action along the river. Warm sunny days with little flow generation at the dam the reason I think. The bucks are still chasing does in heat in the mornings. You have to be careful driving early. It has been a nice stretch of days with good light for photography. Much appreciated at this time of year when the days are so short….

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Today’s Flashback Photo

 

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Warm Up Slow Down

The temperatures warmed up yesterday. It seemed like the wildlife activity slowed down with the warm up. Did not see much action. I doubt the duck hunter I saw in the back of Sledd Creek saw much action either. In the calm water the decoys looked like decoys, don’t think it would fool many ducks to come in. First time I have seen a duck hunter set up in a stake bed. The stake bed driven to attract fish in the spring and summer when the water level is up. They have the lake drawn way down. Not much flow at the dam either. I think that is a contributor to not much bird activity below the dams….

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Today’s Flashback Photo ” White Throated Sparrow “

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