Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eagles and More

Seeing it is the end of the month,it is time to share another post.
I have picked a few of my favourite pictures.

All of these pictures were taken on March 17,2012.

This little Red-breasted Nuthatch visited the feeder at my house.
I always enjoy seeing these guys.They allow one to get fairly close.
I have them at my feeders all year,and I love that.



From my house we head to the Pembina Valley. I hope you are not getting tired of seeing pictures from that area.I love being at the Hawk Watch and of course pictures follow naturally.
A pair of eastern Bluebirds were checking out a nest box just across the road from where we were sitting. Here the male is checking to see if all is well.


At one point during the day we were treated to a bit of a tussle between an immature Bald eagle and a Common Raven.
I think the Raven had underestimated the size of its opponent.


I am not quite sure what is happening here,but they seem very close together.
It was shortly after this picture was taken that the Raven veered  off and left the Eagle to carry on.Wise choice,in my opinion.


I think this may well be my best ever shot of a Bald Eagle.
The light was just perfect and the bird was fairly low.
This was one of those moments where all eyes were on this one bird and many exclamations of joy were heard.
I am thrilled to have gotten this picture. The warm late afternoon light makes those wings glow.



Thought for today:
No bird soars too high,if he soars with his own wings.
William Blake

48 comments:

  1. Great pictures Ruth..never get tired of your bird pictures..flowers are good too...I enjoy all your pictures. Sounds like your having a great time bird watching..

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  2. how beautiful. love the sweet nuthatch as much as the bald eagle.

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  3. Terrific shots! Those little Nuthatches are so cute - and busy! Great shots all around.

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  4. Wonderful bird shots and observations Ruth and I love the thought for the day!

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  5. The nuthatch is a beauty, as is the bluebird. Ah, but the majestic eagle. That was indeed a great shot.

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  6. This is a beautiful eagle photo! And I love the one of the raven and the eagle. Here, the smaller birds chase the large hawks and give them a fit! But my favorite photo here has to be the little nuthatch. I have only seen one once or twice, and think they are adorable!! I love watching the way they walk down a tree trunk head first! Your header is beautiful!

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  7. Awesome, Ruth... I especially love that last shot... Incredible!!! I have been watching the baby eagles at Decorah, Iowa on their webcam. The Mom and Dad are SO good to the babies... And --the babies are just so cute.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  8. Ruth, those are stunning photos. I don't tire of seeing them. I also love that amazing blue sky and not a cloud floating across! That little bluebird is adorable. Such pretty colors! Your header for April is awesome!

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  9. Used to see ravens and crows chasing eagles quite often. The eagles were oblivious to the blackbirds. Sometimes I believe the eagle was to close to their nest or had invaded their territory.
    Territories will be defended, no matter the size and be ware the mother.

    Nice shots.

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  10. Oh.. that beautiful baldie.. what a treat. Your nuthatch is adorable.. we have those around our feeder, also. But the bluebirds.. I've only ever seen those on blogs. Lovely critters - one and all.

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  11. Beautiful series of shots! The last one of the eagle soaring is fantastic! I love your header--just perfect for April. I do miss seeing crocuses poke their heads out in the spring.

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  12. fantastic header and the birds are perfect for the first of April. I like that double shot, whatever they were doing. he looks like he was trying to refuel the eagle. great shots and the first one is so preicous

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  13. Your quote is perfect with these shots. The softness of bluebirds is one of my favorite.

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  14. They are all lovely shots. We watched a battle between a Sea Eagle "shopping" for lunch and a seagull for quite some time. Finally the eagle gave up and dove into the sea and came up with a fish. Fascinating to watch.

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  15. Those are great shots. Aren't birds beautiful; especially while soaring.

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  16. WoW, WoW, WoW....love that nuthatch!!

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  17. These are wonderful photos Ruth. I love the nuthatch.

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  18. Ruth, wonderful shots! What a treat to see all those birds.

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  19. Soar with eagles instead of walking with turkeys!! It is a photographer's dream to get a good eagle shot. I think your dream came true. Majestic!

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  20. You take some of the best bird shots I have ever seen! I love red-breasted nuthatches, They are always welcome at my feeders. I am so jealous of your eastern bluebird, though. I have never seen one except in photos. I'll keep looking!

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  21. Awesome shots Ruth. Love the eagle, looks so majestic in flight.

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  22. Wonderful shot of the eagle! I'm always amazed to watch other birds bothering eagles...what are they thinking??? Great captures of all the birds.

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  23. Awesome shots of the birds, Ruth ! Yes, you got the light just right to illuminate that eagle - majestic.

    Very nice work on that peonies collage. And I love your colourful header.

    We'll be heading north in a few weeks - hopefully spring will have arrived there by then ;-)

    [glad the Blue Angels brought back some nice memories for you]

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  24. Such beautiful shots! I didn't realize the Red-breasted Nuthatch had such a long beak!

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  25. Great shots Ruth, especially the ones of the Eagle and Raven. Each one is beautiful. Diane

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  26. Lovely pics as always.I wanted to tease you with a Blue Heron rookery that I found with over 80 participants,I posted 2 blogs ago.

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  27. Ruth, these are fantastic! I love the ones of the eagle and raven together - they are often seen together here too.

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  28. OH my these picture are awesome!! Really!!

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  29. First of all, I love your header--"Yes, He has!"

    I had some of those red breasted nuthatches here the first summer I started taking bird pictures, but I haven't seen them since. They are so photogenic.

    The picture of the raven hovering over the eagle, looked like two planes refueling!

    Have a Blessed Easter!

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  30. A beautiful selection of photographs, Ruth.

    I have seen crows harassing large hawks on several occasions and could never understand why they do it, but it makes for great photos.

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  31. Fantastic bird shots, Ruth. I really like the ones of the hawk and eagle interacting and testing each other. The single eagle in flight is spectacular!

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  32. Your last photo (of the bald eagle) is amazing. The light on the wings is truly beautiful. Of course, all of your pictures are marvelous as ever. I like your picture of the nuthatch.

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  33. Awwwww Miss Ruth, all your pictures are simply breathtakingly beautiful but ya had me at that little Nuthatch. Sweet!!!

    I feed the wild songbirds year round here on the Ponderosa and always hate to see the Hawks or Eagles scopin' out the bird buffet! Heeehehehe!

    God bless ya and have yourself an excellent day sweetie!!! :o)

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  34. Wonderful photos Ruth! That eagle is stunning.

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  35. If only I could ever see just one of those beautiful eagles, I would be beyond thrilled...Absolutely gorgeous!

    Great, great pictures...
    hugs

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  36. So beautiful. You got one of my favorites...the bluebird. Thanks for sharing these.

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  37. I never tire of any pictures you post Ruth. I love each and every one. I haven't seen a Red-breasted nuthatch in years here. Not sure why either. Cool eagle shots. You have a special place to see then. How lucky.
    Love the colors in your header.

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  38. Your thought for the day was well photographed! I certainly enjoy the antics of your birds.

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  39. Ruth, I love seeing your birds! Nuthatches are special. I have never seen this one. Of course I love the Bluebird. Glad to see them thriving in your area. Goodness...that must have been something to watch the Raven and Eagle. Your photos are great!

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  40. Prachtige fotos, groetjes uit Belgie

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  41. Ruth,

    Your blog and photos are absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  42. Lovely pictures! Wonderful blog!
    BShell

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  43. I think I would choose to be a bird if I could be anything other than me... to fly like that - in total freedom... to ride the winds... lovely.

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  44. I never tire of looking at bird photos. Praying someday I will see an eagle in the wild!

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  45. oh my word, these are breathtakingly beautiful shots!

    i especially love those bright orange
    little birds against the tan branches...and that eagle shot is really impressive!

    thank you, dear for the beauty you offer us through your lens.

    have a wonderful weekend!

    big hugs!

    xo

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  46. Great Photos!!
    Happy Easter!
    Blessings,
    Ann

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  47. Beautiful captures, Ruth. And...I'll never get tired of seeing pictures from the Pembina Valley!

    We had a white breasted nuthatch at our feeders all winter...such a thrill to see a breasted one. Thanks!

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  48. I think they're great. The lighting on the last is perfect. That doesn't happen every day. Have a great week.

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