Under Clearing Skies

Under clearing skies and no wind the action heated up on the rivers. I was able to stand the cold pretty comfortably. Early the action was slow as can be seen by the huddle of Great Blue Heron and Gulls hunkered down in the morning mist at rivers edge. The cold must have caused a lot of fish kill as many fish were being caught by gulls, heron, and eagles. As usual in the winter the competition for food increases.

It seemed as if the Great Blue Heron were being picked on this day. One series of shots shows a large Herring Gull chasing a Great Blue trying to get it to drop the fish it was carrying. It shows how large some of the gulls are compared to a young heron. I lost focus as the gull attacked the heron. The gull grabbing the back feathers of the heron causing it to veer down to escape. The heron won and kept the fish this time. A couple times I saw juvenile Bald Eagles attack a Heron with fish. Once knocking the heron down in the water. Another time a juvenile chased an adult eagle causing it to drop its catch.

Buddy Ron and I watched a Peregrine Falcon give chase to a pigeon. This time the pigeon got away. It is always fascinating to watch the bird life on the rivers. Well worth the freezing face and hands, cold feet and chilled body…

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4 Responses to Under Clearing Skies

  1. Mary S. says:

    Grampy, You tell the stories of the lives of the birds. I found myself thinking that each human has his/her story; each bird has his/her story. At the end the falcon poses for you and says, OK, I’ll face the camera for you. MCS

    • Grampy says:

      Mary S,
      They do have a story. Glad that I get to be able to observe it. I like it when they give you a look, even better when I catch it.

  2. Amazing how many herons are in that first shot. I’ve never even seen two together.
    Those gulls are big. Big enough to catch their own fish I would think, instead of stealing them.
    It must have been bully the blue herons day. Everybody was getting in on it.

    • Grampy says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      We have a rookery right next to the river. They will often group up and hang around it looks like in the cold and during the heat of summer in a shady spot. It did seem like bully the heron day.

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