Life Around The Rivers And Change

This morning as I loaded the images for today I thought about life around the rivers and change. You see I have spent the last over 25 years along these rivers. Ten years I was a fishing guide and spent almost every day of the year on them. I quit guiding around 2008. At that time I never saw and eagle, osprey, pelican, or peregrine falcon. The Great Blue Heron and Black Crowned Night Heron were common. In fact I always considered the Great Blues my fans, lining the river banks watching. The locations of the heron often led me to finding bait to fish with.

I picked up a camera around the same time that I stopped working as a fishing guide. At the time thinking how will I make it not fishing every day? Today my subjects are what I never dreamed possible. Each day observing eagles, pelicans, osprey as Mary S a regular visitor to this site would put it “Who’d A Thunk”. As always I am thankful for the splendid life my time around the rivers have provided, change can be good…

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6 Responses to Life Around The Rivers And Change

  1. Ellen says:

    I’m dumbfounded, sitting here looking at the pix with each kind of bird’s differing approach, manner and catch of a meal. Each more captivating than the next! I find this even more jaw dropping than a moving film. One can pause at each one, stopping time, to see all the angles and details. I suspect all those years of searching, watching and guiding fishermen developed your eye for this talent of capturing fisher-birds so beautifully.

    • Grampy says:

      Ellen,
      It is astounding and the camera helps freeze it so you can see what you missed. There are times that video I think could capture it better but much more of a challenge to catch it myself. All the hours out guiding, fishing, hunting are very helpful I feel in getting in the right position. I am right about 51 percent of the time. LOL. Thank You for sharing the wonders with me.

  2. Mary S. says:

    Grampy, It seems to me that the fishing guide and the photographer were a natural progression in your life; they seem so linked in your pictures. Without your fishing experience, you’d not even notice some of the subtilties you catch in your pix. And so:
    It’s amazing how you catch the difference between the skilled, mature eagle and it’s ability to catch a fish and the less experienced, but learning quickly (I’m sure) ability of the juvie eagle. It looks like it almost dropped it, but then held on to it and had a meal. Most people would miss that difference, but you’ve got it.
    I’m also completely fascinated by the ability of the huge eagles to maneuver their way thru all the branches of the tree where I suppose their nest is close. I keep saying to myself: How do they do that? Such huge wings, such tight spaces.
    And in the same line of “How do they do that?” are the birds that have a thin neck and can swallow a massive fish to say nothing of what the pelicans can do!
    And I am sure that those birds that look straight at you are posing especially for you! MCS

    • Grampy says:

      Mary S,
      The lifetime outdoor experience has to help. A lot of what you wrote is so true. So much I add a little more knowledge and understanding. Many times changing my thoughts on what is going on as the database so to speak is added to. Like a scientist who surmises this at present but allows for further study to fill in more of the blanks or building blocks to learning. Just the past few days I have noticed what I think is the same adult and two juvenile eagles. The adult will fly down and pick up a fish and drop it then a juvenile will pick it up. Yesterday both juvies were circling the river. The adult flew down from its perch picked up a fish and dropped for one to catch. It made a circle and found another fish and dropped it where the juvie could catch it. This had to have happened in the past yet I did not recognize what was going on. It is incredible the size fish some birds can swallow. I do thank the birds occasionaly verbally when they seem to pose. Such as that juvenile on the light last week.

  3. A camera makes you see life differently and you certainly have come a long way with it since 2008!

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