Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bombay Hook and Skywatch and a Northern Harrier

        I cropped My Northern Harrier pic which is shown in full at the bottom of this post. To see more birds you can visit the The Ark







Last weekend my hubby and I spend a day birding at some of Delaware beaches and at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge. We stayed at Bombay Hook until the sun was setting and to me it looked beautiful. We pulled the car over at the pond called Shearness Pool to do our skywatching. On the left side of the road we saw pretty colors on the horizon and the moon. One the right side we watched the sun setting as flocks and flocks of geese flew over.






We also saw a lot of Northern Pintails


This wasn't a lifer, but it was my best bird sighting of the day. We watched this Northern Harrier flying at eye level right next to our car.


To see more great Skywatch photos from all around go to Skywatch Friday

Thanks for stopping by my blog to see my Skywatch photos. Also thanks to the hosting team of Sylvia, Sandy, Wren Klaus, Fishing Guy and Louise.

70 comments:

  1. Always exciting to get something like a Harrier flying at eye level!
    I love how the sky is completely different colours on either side of the pond.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love the geese in the water at sunset and the Northern Harrier in flight is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  3. What is a "lifer"? Something you see for the first time?

    You have such delicate pastels in your sky photographs. I am so so envious.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Eileen,
    I'm always surprised with good pictures.
    My favorites are the third and fourth.
    Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Brilliant photography as always Eileen, I adore your work.

    All the best
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

    ReplyDelete
  6. As usual nice photos of the sky Eileen! Was that the moon? It just looks like a little hole in the sky.

    AL

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a fabulous collection of breathtaking captures, Eileen! Love the geese and the lovely colors of the skies! Wonderful!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi Eillen,

    Beautiful series of photos and the 4th one is my favoruite.

    Have a good weekend

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely captures Eileen, 4th one is amazing

    Have a Great Weekend
    Samson

    Ray of Hope

    ReplyDelete
  10. Such delicate layers of colors and a serene sunset. Beautiful shots.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great picture of the harrier, and beautiful skies at sunset. Birds and lovely sunset - what could be better?

    ReplyDelete
  12. These are all wonderful shots. Beautiful sky, land and water scapes and great bird shots.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you for these peacefull photographies.

    A wonderful Friday for you all.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Eileen, I always like your photos, such wonderful soft colors! Thank you for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great pictures. I love them all. The first four for the varied colors and the one with the bird flying low and fast.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Eileen, as always you have a great pictures. I could see the moon here ^_^

    My SkyWatchFriday-Sunset

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hi Eileen, the soft colors in pastels are so gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Nice series! I think the 3rd and 4th are my favorites, but the last one is awesome of the bird.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Looks like a fun day! Pretty photos! My husband used to work at Bombay Hook and raves about - i see why ! (i've never been) Thanks for the photos

    ReplyDelete
  20. excellent shots. the pastels and the warm orange skies are fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  21. beautiful photos- and very nice shot of the harrier-

    ReplyDelete
  22. Absolutely wonderful photos! Great sky watching!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Nice photos, as always, I like more the last one with the geese!!! Thanks for sharing. I appreciate your comments, Happy SWF

    ReplyDelete
  24. I'd be stoked to get a shot- like that bird in flight! Talk about a tranquil setting with such beautiful pastel shades! Great submission and it's terrific you could do this- have a great weekend-

    ReplyDelete
  25. beautiful pictures, birds following each other, they look great.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Great shot of all that beautiful skies.
    Fantastic color.
    All likes the 4th one and so so I.
    Have a nice day and a lovely weekend
    Gunilla

    ReplyDelete
  27. Ohhhh, the first TWO Pics are absolutely
    WONDERFUL!!!!!!
    VERY, very soft and splendid place!
    have a great weekend!
    ciao
    elvira

    ReplyDelete
  28. Had to be thrilling to get photo of
    Northern Harrier Have a great day

    ReplyDelete
  29. Magnificent softness in all your shots. I love days like that, so tranquil. Great shot of the harrier.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Nice treat. Harriers are so much fun to watch them hunt. Everytime I visit your blog I long for a return trip to somewhere, this time it is Bombay Hook. Thanks for the remeinder of how beautiful that part of the country is and how much fun birding can be. I assume you are doing a Christmas bird count. Good luck on that.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Love the series and the soft shades. How wonderful to see that Harrier. Very nice shots.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Glorious shots - well captured! Fabulous!!

    ReplyDelete
  33. I love that second to last shot with the sunset and the birds swimming in silhouette.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Your world is so lovely and peaceful. thank you for sharing.

    I hope we get to visit some of your favorite places next spring. Meantime, vicarious visiting is great -- thanks for providing the opportunities.

    ReplyDelete
  35. All your photos are lovely but those last two shots take my breath away!
    Hugs and blessings,

    ReplyDelete
  36. Loved all your pictures. The one with the birds is so neat. Sorry, I am late visiting, but this was great grandson's day. Thank you for visiting my place.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Your photos are so peaceful and relaxing. I could sit and enjoy this view all day.

    BTW, you asked about how close I need to get to the possum for catch and release. I find ways to carry and release the possum in which I don't have to get closer than a foot. I don't want to get bitten!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Lovely shots!
    I like the line of geese - beautiful shot!

    ReplyDelete
  39. It was worth waiting the sunrise. Here in Finland we also have seen the fullmoon the same day!
    Nice shots. Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for your comment.

    ReplyDelete
  40. What a beautiful place for bird watching and photography! The pastel pinks in the sky are so pretty and the warm yellow and orange colors in the other photos are lovely too! That is such a great capture of the bird flying beside your car....very impressive!

    ReplyDelete
  41. each of the shots here are great! Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Wonderful photos! =) Thank you for visiting me! Greetings from a rainy Sweden and have a happy weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Fantastic view. Low flying bird across is very nice.

    Kumbalgarh, the Unconquered Fort

    ReplyDelete
  44. You really do have a lot of nice photographs on this post. I like the harrier too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    ReplyDelete
  45. These pictures are so beautiful and peaceful. I want to be there on this cold, rainy December day we are having today. As a birder, you will get a kick out of today's photo on Greensboro Daily Photo!

    Jan
    Mrs. GDP
    http://www.greensborodailyphoto.com/2009/12/why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-road.html

    ReplyDelete
  46. Gorgeous photos! I especially love the third one from the bottom, the glowing sky with the birds in the water... Spectacular.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Hi,I'm new to this blog.I have ;looked through your posts and enjoy all the lovely photos.Since I too enjoy nature photography,this is of great interest to me.I will be following your blog and look forward to seeing many more nature pictures.Have a wonderful day.
    Blessings,Ruth

    ReplyDelete
  48. The pictures you got at sunset are gorgeous. I also like the capture you made of the Northern Harrier.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Eileen: Wonderful shots for SWF, really neat hawks in flight.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Gorgeous collection of photos and amazing colors. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Fantastic skies. THe silhouttes of the ducks in the water really adds to the pic...

    ReplyDelete
  52. Those are all just lovely!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    ReplyDelete
  53. I'm glad you had such a nice day! I like very much the second and the fifth photos. Have a delightful weekend! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  54. Ducks are made for those "bottoms up" photos - I always smile when I see them. But the harrier at eye level, and so close, is indeed the pic of the day.

    ReplyDelete
  55. What a great place to stroll around.
    Amazing nature Photos!
    Love that Harrier shot! I've never seen a Northern Harrier.
    Impressive!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Hi Eileen, Looks like a great place to bird-watch (or just relax and enjoy the skies!) The Harrier flying is wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  57. Nice photos - the evening light is especially beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Those harriers are tricky to catch. You got a great imgage there. They are really beautiful when they fly. :)

    ReplyDelete
  59. Beautiful photos, Eileen! I especially loved the last one! Happy week...Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  60. The Northern Harrier is one of my favorite raptors to watch. We have one that resides here.
    Great shots. MB

    ReplyDelete
  61. Such a beautiful series of photos!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Beautiful photos! The birds are fantastic and the sunset colors are lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Now I want to go here! This place looks marvelous!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Your bird pictures are awesome. Gorgeous skies! :)

    ReplyDelete
  65. Beautiful sunset. Being from India I am wondering why is the place called Bombay Hook? I mean Bombay is in India :D

    ReplyDelete

Hello, Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is my blog about the birds I see, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They might not always be the best of photos because I like to keep photos as a record of where and when I see them.
I appreciate all your comments and I will always try to return the favor and visit your blog.

Due to some recent problems I will not be able to publish any comments that include a link. I would appreciate if you do not include any kind of links in your comments. Sorry!
Have a great day, Eileen