Friday, November 26, 2010

Conowingo Eagles

My hubby and I love to go and see the Eagles at the Susquehanna River here in Maryland our latest trip was on 11/20. During the winter months hundreds of eagles can be seen perched in trees, on the electric towers, sitting on the rocks and fishing in the river. The drive for us is less than an hour but, some people drive hours to get there just to see the eagles.


To all... please have respect for the birds and wildlife.  I do believe photographers can get their great shots without having to stress the birds.


Today, I found out that there is one photographer getting closer to the eagles and other birds, scaring  them away to the disappointment of all the other birders and photographers. This photographer is crossing the line and is harassing the birds. He is kayaking out to an island to get a closer photo. This idiot has not only done this once but has been seen on various days.

On the day we were there at least thirty or more Great Blue Herons standing along the edge of the island. The island is in the middle of the Susquehanna River below the dam.


This "photographer" is the talk of various wildlife photography forums and now these wildlife photographers are taking pictures of the idiot walking on the island and in his kayak. You can do a search on flickr to see some great eagle shots and photos of this jerk in his kayak. Apparently, I am not the only person who is mad at this guy. How far will this guy go to get his photo? He is totally disgusting and obviously not a birder. I have to say that not all professional photographers are rude idiots and just uncaring to the wildlife.

 My eagles photos are not the greatest, my lens does not reach far enough to get a good shot, you can click here to see Great eagle photography.  The flight shots are awesome.


Black Vultures circling the island, these birds were perched on the tower but all took off flying at the same time.


From what I have read while the idiot is there walking on the island the birds all take off and fly away.




I love the birds and would never harass or stress birds or any animal to get a photo of them. I do not understand why some people have to get closer and closer to the wildlife. Not only are they scaring the wildlife away they are ruining the moment for other people that are there just to enjoy.

Sorry my Camera Critters post is a rant but I just need to have my say.
To see more cute critters click on my link. Thanks to Misty Dawn for hosting and thanks for stopping by to see my post.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Killdeer

During our visit to the Outer Banks we stopped at the Currituck Lighthouse located in Corolla, NC. I just loved the nature trail and boardwalk on the grounds of the Lighthouse. It was at the end of this boardwalk that I saw these two Killdeer.  Usually I see them on farm land but this time the Killdeer were hanging out at the muddy area of some marshland near the trail. They are cute birds with their double breastband.




Currituck Sound

Currituck Lighthouse





This is my entry for Watery Wednesday  thanks to 2sweetnsaxy  and Outdoor Wednesday thanks to Susan for hosting this watery meme.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

CC..Outer Banks birds and critter

It was great to see the shorebirds and other birds in the Outer Banks. And I even got to see a what I think is a ghost crab, or is it a hermit crab or maybe a fiddler crab?  The ducks and snow geese are migrating so we were able to see a great variety of birds.  I still have some ducks and shorebirds I need to id.

                                              I believe this one below is the Semipalmated plover, it is a cutie.





Hooded Merganser


Not sure about this one, anyone know?

The front of my unknown shorebird



A crab...are those antenna looking things their eyes?

Poor thing was trying to get away from a fish crow. It looks like it only has one big claw.




These are my some of my critters from the Outer Banks and to
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Thanks to Misty Dawn for hosting and thanks for stopping by to see my critter post.



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Pelicans for Watery Wednesday

During our visit to the Outer Banks we saw a lot of Pelicans. There were quite a few Pelicans hanging out by the bridge at Pea Island. I think the Pelican is a cool looking bird... kind of pre-historic looking and one of my favorites and I love to watch them dive into the water for food. I was happy to see so many of them doing well and in one spot.








These are my shots for Watery Wednesday  Thanks to 2sweetnsaxy for hosting this watery meme.
And thanks for visiting my watery post.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Outer Banks Pelicans

Hubby and I arrived home yesterday after spending three and half days in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My first time there and I loved it, the waves were wild and rough but the skies were a pretty blue. The road (route 12) was closed earlier due to high water in many places. Once they opened the road we were able to drive all the way down to Cape Hatteras.
We saw a lot of brown pelicans and I loved watching the pelicans as they flew all around us. Pea Island is a great place for birding. 









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I am linking up with Sally's Blue Monday and That's My World.

My thanks to Sally for hosting Blue Monday and to the hosting group of That's My World.
Also, thanks for stopping by to see my post.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

CC..Some of my yardbirds

On the weekends I am up early filling my bird feeders and always hoping to see a new yard bird. This morning I was looking out and saw my first of the year Juncos. The Dark Eyed Juncos are my winter birds along with the White Throated Sparrows. So this morning my yardbirds were the Juncos, WT SParrows, Titmouse, Bluejays, Cardinals, White Breasted Nuthatch, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Crows, Carolina Chickadees and across my driveway in the woods are a group of Turkey Vultures.




female Cardinal

American Goldfinch

Mourning Dove



I am sharing my backyard bird with Misty Dawn's Camera Critters.  Thanks to Misty for hosting this cute critter meme and thank you fro stopping by to see my post.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

I have been enjoying seeing  the RedBreasted Nuthatch as they visit my feeders.







I am link up with Wordless Wednesday  and Outdoor Wednesday with my cute Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Thanks to the wonderful hosts of these meme and thanks for stopping by my post.