Sunday, December 2, 2012

Eagles and more

Hello, I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday.

Today is my birthday and I am wishing to see a new bird. A Common Redpoll or a Crossbill sighting would be nice. I do not wish for much do I ?



On Saturday, hubby and I took a ride up to the Susquehanna River to see the Bald Eagles. This is a great time of year to see lots of eagles and juvie eagles migrating besides the year round eagles.


There was one tree with five eagles but only these two were sitting close enough to get them in the same shot.



It is hard looking straight up into a tree for a good shot. The lighting is usually horrible.






 
After leaving the river we made a stop at the Susquehanna State Park picnic grounds. I loved the reflection of the trees in this pond.


A Kingfisher was sitting in a tree near the pond. Of course there were a lot of branches all around it. I am on a quest to get a decent Kingfisher photo.


A pretty female Dark-eyed Junco was also near the pond. Yesterday started off a cold and windy day but it warmed up by the time we reached the picnic grounds. Nice weather for a walk and some birding.

I hope you enjoyed my eagles and photos.
To see more wonderful photos and mosaics please visit Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday
 Thanks to Mary of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy .  Thanks also for stopping by to see my post.  I wish everyone a happy week!

74 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

Happy Birthday!! hope you have a happy & good day. enjoy your day. anything special planned? relaxing with a book. shopping. cup of coffee. wrapping gifts here. take care. big hugs. ( :

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Have a very Happy Birthday Eileen!! What a wonderful present to have seen and be close enough to photograph the eagles!! I watch the Decorah Eagles live cam and once the eggs have hatched, turn it on for my students to watch!! I take the most amazing photographs! Have a wonderful day!

Sue said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you get your wish for some good sightings!
:)

Rohrerbot said...

Happy Birthday to you!!! I think those are wonderful birthday presents to wish for.....and I hope you find them. I know how exciting it can be:)

Like you, I constantly battle the light and a better chance to capture a Kingfisher in a picture. And course see the great American symbol of the Bald Eagle. I may get a chance at the end of the month. What a treat to see these birds all hanging out in the tree.

My favorite shot is of the trees reflecting on the water. That is incredibly gorgeous. So I hope you're not on this thing and out exploring:) Feliz cumpleaños!

Lynne said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY . . . I hope your wishes come true. Loved the Bald Eagles and water reflections . . .

TexWisGirl said...

happy birthday, eileen!!! i'd love to see a bald eagle in the wild! dang!

Kerri said...

Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a Wonderful day!
I too am on the quest for a decent Kingfisher shot..... I went to the river this morning and I heard him, then I saw him .... but was never able to get a decent shot.

Montanagirl said...

Nice Eagles--Nice tree reflections -- Nice post!!

Tricia Hays said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you, Eileen! I hope you see what you're looking for & enjoy your day! Beautiful captures... birds, skies & reflections =)

Jidhu Jose said...

great shots

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Linda Gross said...

Happy birthday to you once again, Eileen! What a wonderful opportunity you have for photographing eagles!

Bob Bushell said...

The Bald Eargle is my favourite, superb.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Well, happy birthday!

Yes, I'd enjoying the Bald Eagles. And the Sanderlings down below are killer!

barbara l. hale said...

Happy birthday! Can't get over those eagles and that reflection pic. Beautiful!

Emilie's daughter said...

Superb photos as always!! Happy birthday to you! I hope you had a wonderful day! Christa

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Happy birthday, Eileen! I love the bald eagle photos. My dad has always loved bald eagles so I think of him when I see them :)

Hope you have a fabulous birthday :)

Ellie said...

Happy Birthday to you Eileen, I hope you enjoyed your day!!!
You did get some great pictures - those owls are amazing and as for those reflections, lovely.
That was a bad accident you son had on his sledge. That must have given you a real fright. Glad to hear he recovered well.

EG CameraGirl said...

Happy birthday, Eileen. How nice to celebrate with some bald eagles! WOW! :))

phylliso said...

Hope you are having a great birthday!
My husband & I must take these short day trips to see the eagles & birds you get to see,great photos!!We are so close to where you go to see them. phyllis

Happyone said...

Magnificent photos of the eagles.
A very Happy Birthday to you. : )

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Stunning Eileen...those eagles...so regal...and so fitting to be America's bird.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

ps....a happy birthday wish from me to you.

Debbie said...

gorgeous reflections!!

how exciting to see the eagles, i am still waiting!!

happy birthday eileen, i hope you had an awesome day!!

DIMI said...

Happy birthday to you dear Eileen!Hope you had a lovely day!Wonderful photos !!I saw an eagle,many years ago up on the mountains!Wishing you a lovely week!
Dimi..

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Happy birthday, and what fabulous photos!
heers from Cottage Country!

Betsy Adams said...

Happy Birthday again.... Hope you had an awesome day. I would IF I could see those Eagles... WOW!!!!

Happy Advent Sunday!
Hugs,
Betsy

Maria said...

Great view of those Baldies!

Snap said...

Many Happy Birthday Wishes to You! I'd take spending the day with Bald Eagles any day! Lovely shots. Love the reflections.

A Garden of Threads said...

Happy Birthday, hope you had a wonderful day. Gorgeous reflection shot. Have an enjoyable week. Jen

Lavender Cottage said...

Happy birthday Eileen. The eagles are magnificent looking birds.
Wish I had of had my telephoto lens when a kingfisher was stealing goldfish from our pond.
Judith

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Happy Birthday. I would love to get one good picture of an eagle and you got a few. Valerie

Icy BC said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and many more to come.

You saw birds, different kind of birds, and beautiful birds..I hope you have a great birthday!

Lorrie Orr said...

Happy Birthday, Eileen. Beautiful photos, as always. My favourite is the reflection of the trees in the water - so gorgeous. Hope your birthday week is fun!

podso said...

amazing photo of the bald eagle! Happy Birthday--you and my husband share the same birthday!

Connie Smiley said...

Happy Birthday, Eileen! Looks like the eagles came around for the celebration. That must be wonderful to see. I love your trees reflected in the water.

Saun said...

Happy Birthday Eileen you are so lucky 5 bald eagles. Love the shot of the Junco. If you don't mind me asking what kind of lens do you use to shoot the birds?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday sweet Eileen! I hope you had a wonderful day! Eagles are our favorite sighting! Enjoy your week...keep celebrating!

Vee said...

Eileen, I hope that you've had a very happy day! Now I read your first two wishes there and said to myself...they look just like eagles to me. Now I'm laughing at how stupid I am. They ARE eagles. I have no idea what the others are, but will Google just to see.

Vee said...

Okay, I did that and now can see exactly why you'd like to see one. Oh my, that redpoll is some pretty as is the orange finch crossbill.

Rajesh said...

Many many happy returns of the day. Wonderful shots of the birds.

betchai said...

happy birthday, Eileen, and you have such wonderful gift, bald eagles!! would love to have such experience too.

Phil said...

Many happy returns for Sunday Eileen. All those eagles sitting around - wow, I'd love some of that. Agree with you about those Kingfishers, such shy creatures normally. Have a great birthday week ahead.

vincibene said...

Happy Birthday!
Great pictures, I' ve never saw an eagle.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures / collages showing.
A belated congratulations on your birthday - hope you had a good day.
Wish you a good day / good new week :)
Hanne Bente

Jill Harrison said...

Why is it that birds turn their backs to us when we want to take their photo? and yes sometimes taking pics straight up into the tree is hopeless for lighting. Love the reflection images.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by my blog today to say hi!

orchid said...

Dearest Eileen,
Oh My!!! Belated happy birthday to you and happy many returns♡♡♡
Very cool bird eagles are☆☆☆ And splendid pictures of reflection.
So sorry for my absence for a while; trying to catching up, my friend.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

DeniseinVA said...

Happy Birthday Eileen, I hope you get to see your birds. These are fantastic!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Happy birthday with a few days of delay ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Jen Sanford said...

Happy birthday, Eileen! Hope you found a new bird!

Marie said...

Happy belated birthday!!! I lived in Annapolis when a young teen (and earlier in Bainbridge and Havre de Grace) so I am really familiar with the Susquehana. Your post brought back pleasant memories.

Gary said...

Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Martha Z said...

Kingfishers are quite elusive. I'm still trying to get a decent shot.
Birds seem to enjoy teasing us by sitting with their back to the sun thereby being backlit.

Sylvia K said...

A very Happy, Belated Birthday, Eileen!! I hope you had a wonderful day and got to see all the birds you wanted to!! The eagles are awesome! Such a beautiful area, too! Thanks for sharing with us!! Enjoy your week!!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Amazing photos of the birds. My favorite is your photo with the reflection of the trees in the water. Great work !

Island Rambles Blog said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope you had a fun day. Your eagle shots are amazing..so nice to see so many eagles. cheers.

Carver said...

Happy Birthday to you! I hope you get your wish. These are all wonderful shots and I love seeing the bald eagles.

NatureFootstep said...

love your eagles and the reflection shots.
Re your question. Morocco was a birding trip. The first one that went down to West Sahara. You will read about it later on. But as you porbably know by now I always try to get it all. There was not much birds to see actually. But a lot of other stuff.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

The trees reflected in the pond make a lovely picture for your birthday, Eileen. Out enjoying nature … what a great way to spend your special day!

Fun60 said...

Those eagles are so majestic. You are really fortunate to be able to view them in your part of the world. Have a great birthday week.

Carol L McKenna said...

Happy Birthday and fantastic photography ~ of nature's gifts ~ nice way to spend your birthday ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Dar said...

Happy BDay Eileen. I see you have many eagles and such wonderful shots of them. I loved the trees reflections in the pond. Awesome and what a sweet Kingfisher.
Isn't birding the best fun. You are exceptional at it.
Blessings

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Happy Birthday Ellen,

What magnificent photographs of some gorgeous birds. You do live in a beautiful place.

Have a lovely night and a beautiful Birthday.

Karen

Sharkbytes said...

I have never been able to get a picture of a kingfisher! Great shot. And I really like the reflection shot as well.

Carol said...

Happy Birthday, Eileen! Beautiful shots. Stunning. What a lovely way to spend the day :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The bald eagles are an amazing sight to aee! I love all your photos, Eileen.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Happy Birthday!

I've only seen bald eagles in the wild once or twice and it is a thrilling sight.

ladyfi said...

Happy happy birthday! Those eagle shots are stunning as is the photo of the reflections.

I hope you sight a new bird today!

Reader Wil said...

Happy belated birthday, Eileen! Today it's mine! Next year this time I will be eighty!
Thanks for the lovely birdphotos! You always teach me a lot about animals especially birds. Thank you.

Bob Bushell said...

Sorry, I am late, Happy birthday Eileen. I love your Bald Eagle.

Diana Taylor said...

Gorgeous photos - I love the reflection of the trees in the water - just beautiful. Beautiful mosaics too - those eagles are stunning.
Hope you get your wish!

Indrani Ghose said...

Great shots! I liked the captures of reflections.

Pam :) said...

Better late than never- Happy Birthday, Eileen, I hope it was a great one!
Wishes do come to so wish away!
I am in awe of the numerous Eagles you saw and captured.
We had quite few in a nearby state park until a hurricane destroyed the trees they nested in.

JDS said...

Bald eagles on the one hand, dark-eyed juncos on the other - looks like you have all sizes covered! Nice pictures.

ReBelle said...

I have yet to get a great shot of our Pileateds but it wil require a better lens.