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Old 01-29-2015   #21
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Week 4 (January 22 - 28, 2015)


Tufted Titmouse Portrait par Ceropegia, on ipernity


Tufted Titmouse par Ceropegia, on ipernity


Tufted Titmouse par Ceropegia, on ipernity


Tufted Titmouse par Ceropegia, on ipernity


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Nice captures Martha.
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Very nice Martha. The Titmouse is another one of those that do not sit still long.
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Very nice Martha. The Titmouse is another one of those that do not sit still long.
Thanks, Tom
You are so right! They are much faster that I am. Most of the time the titmouse shots I take are blurred! That's when I really appreciate digital, take as many as I need to get a decent one and know when that happens!
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Week 5 (January 29 - February 4, 2015)
Until this week, I had never seen a bald eagle in the wild. Fifty years ago, on a bitterly cold day, I sought them out at a wintering site along the Mississippi River near where I lived in Illinois, but could not spot even one. Ever since, finding one in the wild has sort of been on my bucket list. Two years ago, I went to an area about an hour away from my house where eagles winter and some stay year round, but I got my bearings wrong so again did not find any. This past week, armed with better information, I decided to try once more. I picked a bright, sunny day for my adventure. Before dawn, I packed up some gear, layered on clothes, let Otis out for a few minutes, and headed into the garage only to be foiled by utter stupidity. After taking groceries out of the car the day before, I had left the car door open causing the dome light to drain the battery. The next day, although not promising to be as bright and sunny, I decided, now or never. Early that morning, I traveled about 50 miles to the Guntersville Dam, a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dam on the Tennessee River in Alabama - a well known eagle haunt. After spending almost an hour there both above and below the dam, in weather below freezing, all I had managed to do was scare up three three great blue herons, spot a large number of buzzards and cormorants perched a great distance away on the dam, and see some coots swimming in the water. Chilled to the bone, I was ready to give up until some helpful birders directed me to the location of an eagle nest. They told me one had just swapped with its mate and left the nest. All I had to do was wait 10 or 15 minutes for it to return. However, when it did return, the sun had long since disappeared behind thick clouds making the lighting very poor. Because of that, coupled with the distance that I was from the nest, and my less than optimal equipment, I only managed to get a few not very good shots. But I was still ecstatic! The bird was amazing! I plan on returning again on sunnier days throughout their nesting season. I may even raid my savings for a better lens to try to get some better photos.

The nest

Bald Eagle Nest byCeropegia, on ipernity

The Eagle

Bald Eagle on Nest by Ceropegia, on ipernity


Bald Eagle on Nest by Ceropegia, on ipernity


Bald Eagle on Nest by Ceropegia, on ipernity

I took a few shots of some vultures on the dam. This bird was so far away I could not read the sign until I looked at it on the computer. When I saw what it said with the vulture seeming to be sitting nearby, it struck a funny chord with me.

The Vulture at a Life Ring

Vulture at a Life Ring by Ceropegia, on ipernity

Some of the cormorants at the dam (They were quite far away)

Cormorants Preening by Ceropegia, on ipernity

I was told about another viewing area in Lake Guntersville State Park, about 30 miles away and which was actually on a scenic route toward my home. So I decided to check it out. When I got there, people asked me if I was looking for eagles and informed me that one was perched in a tree quite a distance across a wide creek. I looked and looked for the eagle, but until a birder with a tripod mounted spotting scope let me look at it through the scope, I could not find it in the trees (probably because to the naked eye, in size, it appeared to be smaller than a flea). Finally, knowing where it was, I did try to get a couple of photos.

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Bald Eagle by Ceropegia, on ipernity


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Congratulations on achieving your much longed for bald eagle shots Martha.
Cool vulture & cormorant shots too.
Sorry to hear about the grief caused by the drained car battery.
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It is great to get to see one in the wild. IT takes a bit of work for some of us who live too close to civilization.
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Congratulations on achieving your much longed for bald eagle shots Martha.
Cool vulture & cormorant shots too.
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