Sunday, April 14, 2013

Eagles and More

The time between posts has gotten way too long.Part of the reason is because as I am tired of taking snow pictures,so I think,others must be tired of seeing them.
Signs of spring are around and I like seeing that.I saw my first Mourning Dove today,but alas,no chance of a picture.


As I have mentioned earlier,the annual Hawkwatch at the Pembina Valley is in full swing.
The birds are migrating even during cold days.It does not matter how cold the wind may be,seeing an adult bald Eagle in the sky,like this,warms my heart and brings a smile to my face.
 Canon 7D,100-400mm lens 



This bird may not look quite as majestic,but it is equally as beautiful as a Bald Eagle.This is an adult Golden Eagle.These two pictures show some of the differences in these birds,besides colouring.
Notice the broad straight wings of the Bald Eagle compared those of the Golden Eagle.Of course there are other differences,but this is not a site for bird ID,but a place to enjoy the beauty of these birds.                     
 Canon 7D,100-400mm lens



At a place away from the valley the eagles have a free buffet of food thrown on the fields by the local Hutterite Colony.It is usually safe to say that there will be eagles here and on this day I was not disappointed. One adult and two immature Bald Eagles perched on one branch,making for a good photo opportunity.
 Canon SX50 IS



Walking out of my house one day,I spied a tree full of Bohemian Waxwings.As is often the case with Waxwings,I saw them that day and have not seen them since.
 Canon SX50 IS



This seems to be the year for deer.While driving around the countryside,I came upon a field with old hay bales on it and a lot of White-tailed Deer enjoying the free food.
Canon SX50 IS


Winter is hesitant to leave us this year,but we do know that spring and summer will come.
For those in the path of either winter storms or other severe weather,please stay safe.

34 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

sweet deer! love the eagles, too! and waxwings. just all treats to me!

Shug said...

Hi Ruth.....

I know you all are tired of the winter season that is still lingering on here in Spring. I certainly have enjoyed seeing all of your snow pictures...especially since we rarely get snow. We rarely see birds like you all see and for this reason, I love seeing the photos of all the birds/eagles...
Hope you have a great week.

Diane said...

The Eagle pictures are amazing, Ruth. I love the one of the Waxwings. It looks like an oriental painting. Diane

Naturegirl said...

Ruth these images are glorious!!! I have never seen 3 hawks perched together! Smiles! Anna

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I know what you mean about the thrill of seeing eagles. They affect me that way, too. That Golden Eagle is magnificent. And I loved the trio on the branch. Your SX50 is impressive. I hope I can do as well. Mine is on order. :)

Montanagirl said...

I know what you mean - we received 6 in. snow in the night. But it brought in a bunch of Red-wings and Starlings. Nice photos today, Ruth!

S. Etole said...

That tree filled with waxwings ... wow. I've never seen one here.

Nora said...

Hi Ruth, your new Canon is taking some great shots....I like the comparison of the eagles...we seldom see the Golden Eagles here.
Hope it warms up and you get some good weather. Spring is coming.

Ginny Hartzler said...

AWESOME captures! My faves are the young eagles on the branch with their mom, and the Waxwings. I have only seen Waxwings once, in a flock gorging on berries, they are masked beauties and very sleek.

Arija said...

Ruth, I never tire of snow pictures since I haven't got the real stuff here.
Great To see the eagles flying and those Bohemian waxwings were a real treat.
Winter is lingering where you are and we are so sick of our dry summer that has lingered much too far into fall.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What wonderful photos. I can almost feel being there with you on your photo jaunts.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

happyone said...

Great photos - all of them, but that eagle is my favorite. They are so majestic!!!

Sandra said...

3 eagles in one shot is a big WOW... love the tree chock full of waxwings. beautiful..

Janice K said...

Wonderful pictures of birds most of us just "dream" about seeing.

Have a great day!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

One thing is for sure, Ruth... We ALL will enjoy spring much more this year since it is/was late in appearing!!!! Hope you get some spring soon.

Love seeing the Eagles --and knowing the differences.. I've never seen a Golden Eagle I don't think...

Great set of photos.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I never get tired of seeing your photos of eagles. The first picture is majestic. I hope you soon have less snow and more green in your part of the world.

grammie g said...

HI Ruth...Fantastic shots of the Bald Eagles, they do warm the heart!
It's that the truth with the Waxwings,,here today gone tomorrow, lucky you timing was right!!
Our snow is gone "I hope"for good! It is starting to look like spring is going to happen !
Grace

Unknown said...

Ruth, great sightings! I hope Spring finds you soon!

Gail Dixon said...

Hey, we have the same Canon lens! That 100-400 is great, isn't it? You got some wonderful shots of the eagles flying and I love the one with the two immatures on the branch with the parent. I know you're tired of winter, but I never tire of seeing your winter photos. Hope you get some spring weather soon!

Kerri Farley said...

Oh wow! I would love to see Eagles. Hope your spring arrives soon!

Unknown said...

Wonderful Post.
Hang in there Spring is Here.

Anita Johnson said...

Beautiful shots, Ruth! Wow!

Elaine said...

Glad to see you captured some eagles. That first one is beautiful! Spring does seem to be a bit reluctant this year. We have hopes melting will be going on here very soon as they are predicting temps in the 40sF by the end of the week. We'll still be dropping below freezing at night, which is a good thing, as too quick of a breakup can lead to flooding. I do want it all to be gone though!

Hilary said...

I love seeing these beauties through your eye. Eagles are just amazing creatures. The soaring shots are lovely but that one of the adult baldie and twin juveniles is amazing. The young almost look larger than the mature.

And waxwings are always a pleasant surprise for me. Like you said, they tend to just show up and disappear just as suddenly. What a treat to have caught them during their brief stay.

And oh dear.. that deer.. lovely little creature. Thank you for these, Ruth.

EG CameraGirl said...

You are getting some mighty nice shots with your SX50 IS. I'm impressed.

I really like the photos of the flying eagles. I have trouble tracking them to take a clear photo. You did well!

Debbie said...

Wonderful images, LOVE Bambi!!

Julie G. said...

A most stunning series of photographs, Ruth! It a delight for me to see the Golden Eagle image, as I have never seen one in person. If I had so select favorites, the trio of Bald Eagles and the Bohemian Waxwing filled tree images are especially outstanding. We are still waiting for spring to arrive here in Chicago, too.

LV said...

One thing is for sure you and your camera work well together. Wonderful photos.

Rick said...

Awesome shots, Ruth. I hear what you're saying about time between posts - just not enough hours in the day.

I've been lucky to see some bald eagles down in Florida too - magnificent birds.

Pat said...

I really like the shots of the 3 eagles perched in a tree and the large flock of Bohemian Waxwings in another tree. I've never seen so many birds perched in one tree before! All great shots, Ruth.

Betty Manousos said...

what an amazingly beautiful post, dear ruth!

so much beauty in here!
love that little deer. love the eagles, too.

have a safe and lovely weekend~

happy spring!

xoxo

Neal said...

Wow Ruth.....You got some great shots. Of course, for you that is nothing unusual.

Nancy said...

I know you are tired of taking pictures of the snow but these photographs are beautiful and awesome....to those of us who don't get to see eagles, they are a treasure for our eyes....

I hope you have a blessed weekend...

Karin said...

Thanks for sharing these gorgeous snapshots with us! Your models do an amazing job and know just how to pose! Around our place the geese are back and busy with nest construction! I'm always looking into the sky for birds. I've seen huge bands of birds - but haven't got a clue what they are! I do rejoice when all these harbingers of spring arrive! Blessings for a great week-end!