Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Allow Me to Dream

It is bitterly cold outside,and so my thoughts go to better days ahead.
One of the events I am looking forward to is the annual Hawk migration,through the Pembina Valley.
This takes place from the end of February to the middle of April.During this time record numbers of Raptors pass through this valley.
I am waiting for that time,a time to watch and photograph birds and meet many friends who share the love of birding.
Today I share with you some of the pictures Jake took last year during this event.I have picked only 5,just to give you a taste of what we experience during this time.
Whenever a Bald Eagle comes over,one can hear the ohs and ahs.Sometimes they will surprise us and come over fairly low,but often they are a speck in the sky,heading to their northern breeding grounds.

Not all birds which pass over are Raptors.This flock of Sandhill Cranes was a special treat.


The most numerous birds are the Red-tailed Hawks.
One can see them in various plumages,some light like this one and some very dark.


This Sharp-shinned Hawk gave us good opportunities for pictures.

The last picture is an immature Golden Eagle.
This one was spectacular with those white patches in the wings.

I hope you can understand why I am looking forward to this event.Yes,I will no doubt miss Jake,as this was something we did together,but I will continue to enjoy God's creation as he wanted me to.
There will also be another person missing,and that will be Dorothy Schritt.She along with her husband were the main raptor counters for many years.She and Jake will be watching the birds from Heaven.Hmm,I wonder how that will look to them.

I leave you with a portion copied from an article in a local newspaper.
From late February to mid-April, diligent counters documented more than 11,000 raptors of 15 species passing through, including almost 8,300 red-tailed hawks, more than 1,200 bald eagles, 190 turkey vultures and 95 golden eagles. Golden eagles are rare elsewhere in Manitoba, and this year numbers sighted in the Pembina Valley broke previous records.

40 comments:

  1. Absolutely cool!!! No wonder you are looking forward to this! What a joy to see God's creation through your photos! Hugs!

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  2. Ruth, I Love the raptors and the cranes! Wonderful photos. Sounds like fun going on a Hawk watch.

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  3. That's a great thing to look forward to. I remember when you went last year. You will be able to see a lot of your old friends and share that special time. The cranes look like they're flying in formation, Jake would love that, wouldn't he. I imagine that he and the woman you mentioned will have a lot better view than you will. Diane

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  4. Ruth, wow, that's certainly something to look forward to! Very exciting.

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  5. Oh Ruth, that is so tremendous... Think I told you that the Sandhill Cranes are wintering near where my son lives in Galveston, TX.. He is SO enjoying having them around now.

    Love both of the eagles... They are fabulous... I didn't realize that hawks migrated... Ours seems to stay around her all year long.

    Beautiful pictures... I'm sure you will enjoy being there and Jake will be smiling down from heaven.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. Now that is something to look forward to! Won't be long now, just have to get through these -20-30* C days first!! Thanks for your prayer support Ruth, and you are as always on mine! Leah

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  7. Ruth, I'm glad you have something that will be fun to look forward to! Those are wonderful pictures! I can't wait to see what you get this year!

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  8. these are beautiful photos of them. so glad to hear about the eagles and so many of them. they are here, but don't know about the count. it used to be a rare thing to see one, now they are seen every time we go to the preserves. i love the hawks, they are so pretty. we have red tail hawks here and see them from our back yard.

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  9. These are marvelous pictures of some majestic birds. I really would enjoy being in your part of the world for this experience.
    I'm sure Jake and his friend will have their eyes on the raptors (and you) as they fly up the valley.

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  10. I get excited just seeing one eagle ... I can hardly imagine such a sight.

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  11. Well Ruth, I can't wait to see the pictures you will take! Jake's are so good, wow, a bald eagle there. We have a lot of the red tailed hawks around here, I almost got pictures of them a few days ago. Thing is, the only time they are still is when they sit up in a tree on the edge of edge interstate looking for road kill. The cars don't scare them then, but there is no way to stop and snap.

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  12. Beautiful photos, Ruth. I too am looking forward to the breaking of winter and the arrival of the waterfowl migrations and all that late winter and spring has to offer.

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  13. Wonderful photos Ruth! The immature golden is amazing; I've never seen one like it!

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  14. A lot of raptors migrate over Lake Erie at a place called Hawk Cliff. But you really need a scope to see them. Your location seems ideal for photography. Great pictures!

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  15. Wow, what a spectacular event! Jake will have the best view of all! So glad you are continuing the tradition.

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  16. and what a wonderful dream Ruth...I so enjoy watching birds in migration and love Jake's photos...especially the hawks. Look forward to seeing and reading what you share with us when the migration occurs again this year. Prayers and hugs, Theanne

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  17. Oh my - that must be one spectacular sight to behold! I know Jake will be there with you in spirit.... and how cool to image what his viewpoint would be!!

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  18. Wonderful! I would be looking forward to it too!

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  19. Oh I love photo's of such beautiful creatures. So much power and grace. What an exciting event to look forward to - and ... the end of February means perhaps only another month or so of winter?? Something else to look forward to!

    Happy Day Ruth!

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  20. How fun!! I'll be looking forward to seeing your pics from this year. These from last year are AWESOME!!!

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  21. WOW, what a wonderful event Ruth! Amazing photos Jake got of these beautiful majestic raptors. Have fun!

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  22. Wow...more great shots. Ruth, you sure do get some great shots. I love all of those.

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  23. Speechless - what amazing shots! I know how hard it is to get great in-flight shots and Jake sure mastered these. I agree seeing that flock of sandhill cranes is a special treat to behold.

    I love the snowy owl in your header shots!

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  24. Oh how wonderful, I'd never heard of this and really look forward to more beautiful photos.

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  25. Your Jake really knew how to work a camera. I have never seen such stunning work. These are amazing.

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  26. Hi Ruth -

    Those first two shots are my favorites. Wow!

    Thank you for sharing, Ruth.

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  27. What a wonderful opportunity you have to see such awesome birds! Those bird photos are spectacular Ruth. Thanks so much for showing us Jakes pictures.
    B.

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  28. Ruth - these are awesome photos; fantastic captures ! Jake was truly gifted, but he no longer needs crude devices like cameras to see God's glory.

    I look forward to your shots when the migration is underway.

    God bless and keep you.

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  29. Love your pictures..The bald eagle is especially special.Dorothys hubby had that one framed. It reminds me of the song "On the wings of an eagle".The picture is so peaceful. I'm sure Jake and Dorothy are bird watching together..Dorothy will be looking out for the owls...I miss her dearly. Thanks again..

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  30. Spectacular! I have a friend here in Ohio who's property is in a songbird path and I'm really beginning to get interested in these amazing creatures!

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  31. Beautiful photos, as were the flower photos in the last post. Jake was a talented photographer! I'm enjoying a time away from the snow, and I've seen many eagles the last couple of days that are overwintering here in the Skagit Valley in Washington. It would be very exciting to be able to see the Hawk migration through the Pembina Valley. I know you'll have a good time, and Jake will be right there with you.

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  32. Gorgeous shots of the raptors. I was excited last October to see my second sighting of a Bald Eagle. This time I had camera in hand but wished I'd had a longer telephoto lense. I'm feel so bad that I've been so negligent in visiting as I've just learned of Jake's passing. I am so sorry to learn of this but glad to know that he will has gone to be with the Lord. I am amazed by your strength and ability to encourage others even in such a time as this. I am happy that you are finding comfort in God and that your family is there for you. My praters are with you, Christy

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  33. That must be thrilling to see all those beautiful, majestic birds flying overhead, Ruth. I'm glad you will still be doing that with old friends, even though Jake won't be there.

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  34. Ruth, that has to be one amazing experience. I wish I could see it. All wonderful photos but that Red-shouldered hawk really put on the show with his wings.

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  35. Wow, wonderful photos, and what a fascinating event to witness. I'll be anxious to see your photos this year! And I'm sure Jake is pleased you are continuing to enjoy the things that you both shared together!

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  36. Birds are magnificent and if I could ever choose a life, it would be a bird. I dream of flying sometimes, soaring over the trees and mountains as these beautiful creatures do and it makes me feel so happy. Your photos make me feel the same.
    Thank you.
    {{Hug}} ♥

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  37. Ruth, I was on Elaine's site and saw the name of your blog. I love photos so of course, I had to come and visit...the photos are WOW!!! I love the red-tailed hawk...just magnificent!
    thanks for allowing me to visit!

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  38. Ruth this is so very very beautiful. I loved this blog.

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  39. My goodness...no wonder you look forward to this! What wonderful birds to see flying over. I am so bad at flight shots...these are so clear and beautiful. Jake was a master! I bet they look even more beautiful from heaven :-)

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  40. beautiful ruth...
    this brought happy tears to my eyes.

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