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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winter Blues Beaten Part 1 - Eagles on the River

I am so very happy to check off  Idea Number 5 on my 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues post!  Today I picked my son C up from school and we went down the river to go watch for eagles!  It was a lot of fun spending the afternoon with him.  Even though we froze our tushes off in 10 degree weather with some God awful windchill AND I almost got frostbite on my fingertips taking these pictures.  It's all about the moments though isn't it? 
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This guy was quite puffed up and proud of his perch let me tell you.
 His nest was like two branches below and he was keeping an eye out on everybody!  Did you know that eagles make some of the biggest nests in the bird world.  They come to the same areas every year and keep adding on to their nests.  Pretty cool!
 

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This is the back of a juvenile bald eagle.  They start off mottled like this and get their adult coloring: the distinct white head,  gold beak, and dark coloring until they are around 5 years of age.  The coloring of the juveniles could help adult eagles from being overly agressive to them, since they are not ready to mate yet.
 
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This picture was kind of cool because you can see the sense of motion as the eagle is flying away and how they tuck their talons beneath their tail feather.  It was so much fun watching them glide around the dam and fish in the river and be able to spend the time with my son watching them.
 
Enjoying my winter on the river!  Hope you are enjoying your winter as well!
 


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This post is also part of a Photo Friday on Delicious Baby, R We There Yet Mom, and Budget Travelers Sandbox

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24 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, Sere! I love how you captured this eagle in motion. How lucky for you to live so close to these majestic animals.

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    1. It is one of the bright spots of winter living where we live to be able to see these guys on a regular basis. They are fun to watch. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. What an incredible thing to capture! Absolutely worth YOU being so cold for us to enjoy the pictures!!! :)

    Thanks for linking up this week!!

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    1. Haha I see where you put the emphasis :). Really though I do have fun trying to phtograph them. My dream shot would be to get one with a fish in his/her talons! How cool would that be to get a shot of?!

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  3. Wow. What incredible photos! I've been told that eagles have been spotted around our home in the past. I keep waiting...

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully you will be able to see some soon. Or just pop by Illinois. All I have to do is drive to the river on my way to the grocery store, pull off on the side of the road and they are flying out of the trees. So awesome!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. We loved watching the eagles in Alaska, but sighting one near our home is a rarity. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I would LOVE to see eagles in Alaska! Actually I don't even need that as an excuse to visit Alaska :). I love that I don't have to travel to far or look to long to spot them. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Beautiful photos, Sere! We saw eagles on our trip to Alaska but they weren't very close - such incredibly beautiful birds!

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    1. These guys fly over our heads all the time and you can watch them fish and hunt and fight with each other. My son and I have some fav spots we go to to see them. A great thing to do in the winter when it's cold out. Thank you for reading my blog!

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  6. Where did you capture these shots? They're lovely.

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    1. Thank you Leigh! These were taken on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River across from Lock and Dam 19 which is located in the small town of Keokuk Iowa. We get eagles here every year feeding down by the dam where the water doesn't freeze.

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  7. This definitely is a great way to beat the winter blues.
    You're really patient. I have such a hard time catching the birds that land on the flowers in the garden.

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    1. It's almost more about luck then patience. The eagles are quite plentiful around here so it's a matter of getting those telephoto lens out and scanning the sky :). It's one of my favorite things to do in the winter for sure. Thanks for reading.

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  8. I've seen eagles only once in the wild. It's fascinating for sure.

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    1. Sonja you need to come visit Iowa :)! I see them constantly in the winter and then around March they just disappear and head back up north. But yes I agree it is very fascinating to watch them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. That photo of the eagle in motion is terrific. You really captured it well.

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    1. Thanks! Eagles make it fun and mildly frustrating sometimes to photograph them. They just move so fast haha! Thanks for visiting.

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