Thursday, May 5, 2011

SWF..Edwin Forsythe NWR

For Skywatch Friday  I have these shots of the Atlantic City skyline and the turbines viewed from the Edwin Forsythe wildlife refuge.  I have mixed emotions about the turbines and these wind farms. I  love the idea of emission free energy and that the natural resource of wind could supply energy needs to our population. On the con side is definitely the birds I love, especially the migrating birds being killed by the turbines.

Here are some of my sky shots I took this past weekend while visiting the wildlife refuge. It was a nice day but the sky was cloudy. I would much prefer a sunny day but at least it was not raining.







A large group of Brant with the turbines in the background


It was cool to watch this eagle and I believe an osprey battling.


To see more beautiful skies from around the world click here Skywatch Friday.  Thanks to the hosting team of Sylvia, Wren, Sandy and Klaus.

Thanks for stopping by to see my skies and I hope everyone has a great weekend.

35 comments:

  1. We have to use more sustainable energy. It is a shame about the birds. Surely they could invent something that deters the birds from going near them like they do at airports and orchards. The birds and the skyline are great.

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  2. Wind turbines have a kind of majesty but I take your point about danger to birds.
    Your last photo is wonderful - what a great capture:-)

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  3. Nice birding place in urban area!

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  4. Such a picturesque post today!!! I love all the photos.

    Thank you so much for visiting with me yesterday, I'm trying now to play catchup and stop by with a smile and a big Texas "Howdy" for you. Your comment made my day...the part where you say you'd bring your binoculars to our beaches...I'M WITH YOU ON THAT ---and camera.
    Here's My Thursday Post...Sting's Fields of Gold Have a wonderful day.

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  5. i've heard differing reports on the number of birds killed by the turbines so i'm not sure which camp is right. perhaps it differs depending on which migration routes they're on. i, too, am torn as i think harnessing the wind is a wonderful power source.

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  6. I too have mixed emotions about wind turbines.

    Nice shot of the eagle.

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  7. Hi Eileen, Outstanding shots. I like that one of the peaceful Brant Geese a lot. The shot of the battling birds of prey is excellent as well. Have a wonderful day today!

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  8. We have the wind tubbiness in our region as well,and I do wonder how they affect the birds.The scenes you have shown are lovely.

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  9. I'm with you on the turbines!
    Great photos-especially of the sky wars-lol!
    Have a great weekend!
    meggs.

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  10. Hi,

    Your pictures are fantastic. I had never thought about the consequences of the turbines, except for that they are huge and show up too well in the skyline.

    Thanks so much for sharing these with us, and have a wonderful weekend!

    Kathy M.
    Central Oregon, USA

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  11. Yes, I share your feelings about the turbines as well, but we do need to use other forms of sustainable energy. Terrific captures for the day, Eileen, as always. Your skies look like ours today! Hope you have some sun for a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

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  12. Such gorgeous captures Eileen.

    My Skywatch, please come and see.

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  13. Thank you, Eileen, I hope that you have a wonderful Mother's Day too!

    Kathy M.

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  14. I am not convinced that turbines are the answer,
    Who won with the eagle and osprey?

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  15. I also have mixed feelings about wind farms. I enjoyed all of these shots. Great skylines and shots of the wind farm and also of the birds.

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  16. They are nice to see and they are huge to see closely. And yes many birds do die because they are caught by the turbines which is not that nice.

    Sky Watch

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  17. Nice shot of the eagle. We have been having way too many cloudy days. When it isn't sunny, it makes it very difficult to get good pictures of birds!

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  18. Beautiful shots! I have the same reservations about the wind turbines.

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  19. I'm always bothered by the way they catch your eye from any distance. It is hard to ignore them. Still, what energy is there without problems.

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  20. Windmills are one of the most beautiful subject for photography and I love looking at them. Nice bird captures!

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  21. Even though cloudy wonderful shots of the city.

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  22. So pretty!!

    Would you mind visiting and commenting on my Sky Watch post? Big thanks!

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  23. Great skies and amazing creatures!
    Happy SWF Eileen dear.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    xo

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  24. Great photos Eileen!

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  25. Such a dull looking sky that day but you have some beautiful photos of the birds. Spectacular photos in fact. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  26. Lovely shots - and yes, I am sure they car find a way to deter birds - they do have ways here with power lines etc.

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  27. the widn turbines are really big. Aren´t they?

    Re diving. Yes my granddaughter and my grandson both like diving. :)

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  28. marvelous shots, Elin,.

    I love also the header of your blog...great

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  29. I have the same conflict about the turbines, Eileen. I wish there were an easy, unconflicted answer.

    I've not been to this refuge; amazing how many places for wildlife are close to cities - but what a great way to get people who live in one to be interested in and appreciate wildlife and nature.

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  30. Very nice photo set. Love the skyline capture.

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  31. Wow an eagle and an osprey!! Nice going Eileen!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  32. If there's only a way that the birds don't get attracted to the turbines...

    Gray skies though but very dramatic!

    Happy Mother's Day Eileen!

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  33. I read recently that they make them differently now so that they aren't as lethal to the birds. I tried to do a little research after I first read this post and couldn't find the article -- I hope it is true.

    Very dramatic sky and another birding place we missed.

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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