Friday, February 8, 2013

It's Coming

Since we are now into February,it is time to look ahead to what is to come.
February 18 is the start of the official Hawkcount in southern Manitoba.


I am looking forward to frequent trips to the Pembina Valley where we hope there will be lots of action this year.
A blue sky and birds like this immature Bald eagle flying low over the valley is what we are all hoping for.


Of course we see lots more than just birds of prey,or Raptors,as they are called.
Across the road from where we stand to look for the raptors,the Eastern Bluebirds are often at the nest box to entertain us when the action is the sky is slow.


Sometimes some drama unfolds before our eyes.Here a Raven was harassing an eagle.Not a wise choice in my opinion,but it made for some excitement and good photo opportunities.
I might add that they both flew away unharmed.


A dark phase Red-tailed Hawk is a thrill at anytime,but even more so when the sun is shinning in that clear sky.


In my opinion,this is my all time favourite Bald Eagle picture.The sun was getting close to dipping below the horizon and the golden light of evening gave this eagle a wonderful warm glow.

All of the above photos are from the migration time of 2012.


Here is a bonus picture. I put together this collage to showcase the Bald Eagle.
Some pictures are from 2012,but some are also from earlier years.


Keep watching this blog,as I will hopefully be adding new pictures from the migration of 2013.
I do hope the numbers will be way up from last year,but whatever it will be,I am looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we watch the skies over the Pembina Valley.

32 comments:

  1. so very beautiful high in the sky, the details on the first one are beautiful. i like the second one, the photo is so pleasing to look at, it has everything that says peace and good will.

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  2. just awesome sightings! i love the collage!

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  3. I didn't realize the hawks return so early to Manitoba! I'm new to birding so I'm not sure when they start coming back to Ontario./ I gue I had better check!

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  4. What a fun collage that you've made of some great shots.

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  5. All of these photos are marvelous, and I look forward to seeing even more great pictures once the Hawkcount gets under way. I really like your collage.

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  6. What a wonderful collection of photos, Ruth. I'll be looking forward to even more to come. Gotta love eagles.

    To EG CameraGirl: Ontario hawks tend to stay put for the most part. I notice more hawks in winter than any other time.. bare trees help there.

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  7. Great shots of your birds, especially the Eagles!!

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  8. Swainsion's hawks migrate through here and in the fall, the flocks are big.

    Fun to watch.

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  9. Your photos are wonderful! I hope you get some great shots this year.

    FlowerLady

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  10. Beautiful! Love the collage at the end.

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  11. Fabulous photos. Love the bluebirds.

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  12. Nice photos and wonderful collage you put together! I'll be looking forward to seeing more of your photos as the migration develops.

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  13. Lucky you Ruth, your collage is just gorgeous! Have a happy weekend!

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  14. How exciting to see the Raven/Eagle drama! Love love love the Eastern Bluebird. They're so sweet and so photogenic. Hope the counts are up this year!

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  15. A great time for you - and for us, too, with the beautiful shots you get. I have to say the raven must be tough to tangle with an eagle. The picture with the sun on the eagle's wings really is a beautiful one. I love the bluebirds, too. Lovely shot of them. Diane

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  16. OH MY HEART... That Bald Eagle is fabulous.... WOW!!!!!

    I love Bluebirds and Eagles but am not too crazy about hawks... We have lots of Mourning Doves --and the hawks love to eat them...

    Luckily, the big crows around here warn the little birds when a hawk is nearby....

    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. I have to say I love your bluebirds photo the best, it looks like the front of a very beautiful greeting card! And your header is a pink and blue fairyland!

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  18. I do like the late-day eagle shot that you said is your favorite, but that shot of the juvenile in flight is just spectacular. The detail in his wings is wonderful. This is just a lovely set of pictures. I agree with the comment that the bluebird photo would look good on a greeting card.

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  19. What wonderful photos Ruth! I'd love to see an eagle in the wild.

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  20. I'm looking forward to seeing more photos!

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  21. Ruth, looking forward to this years images!
    All these images are wonderful! I have a special place for the raptors!

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  22. You put together a fabulous collage Ruth!!! Love how excited you are about trips to the Valley! That shade of blue is totally amazing - not a cloud in the sky either! You have got some amazing shots and I look forward for more!

    Just a question, "How do you know it is an immature Bald eagle? Was it something he said?" - OK, that was supposed to be funny - but seriously, what are the tell-tale signs - especially from that far away! Thanks!

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  23. I saw a beautiful BIG hawk today and when I made a comment about it, my sweet hubby said: You Love your Hawks don't you? and....I do! These birds fascinate me!
    Love the photos..
    shug

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  24. Hi Ruth, Your photography is always excellent. I can see why the eagle at sunset photo is one of your favorites ... it is just awesome. I like your collage too. I will be looking forward to your photos as the 2013 migration takes place. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you for your kind comments on my blog. John

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  25. gorgeous collage/photos!!

    i just wanted to tell you that this post is all kinds of gorgeousness!

    have a blessed sunday!

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  26. Such wonderful pictures! I will look forward to seeing what you get this year.

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  27. You captured some superb shots of the raptors, Ruth! I really like the collage at the end. They are such majestic birds!

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  28. Gorgeous photos and a wonderful job on your collage!! I'm looking forward to seeing what your lens captures this year.

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  29. Your photo"s are always so beautiful Ruth. Fantastic bird shots.
    Have a nice week

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  30. That's a wonderful bald eagle photo and I love that collage at the end! Good luck on the raptor spotting!

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  31. More beautiful photos, Ruth. Like you I am looking forward to the increased wildlife/bird activity as the weather swings toward spring.

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