Sunday, September 13, 2015

Swan Harbor Farms


I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.

These images and mosaics are from our walk and daytrip to Swan Harbor Farms Park in Havre De Grace Maryland. I have done other posts on this park and the Rails we have seen at this park.

For my Nature Notes and Wild Bird post I sharing the birds below in my mosaic. On this day we heard the rails but could not see them, we did see the Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Mallard ducks, and a Green Heron in flight which was spooked by some Canada Geese landing. There were some pretty wildlfowers and daylilies.


Above are some of the birds we saw on our outing, the Kingfisher, GB heron and the Green Heron in flight.


I am not sure what the Kingfisher has in it's mouth, maybe a frog?  It show the rufous belly bands of the female Belted Kingfisher. The male has a bluish breastband.


The yellow waterlilies or are the lotus flowers, either way they looked beautiful.


For my NF Trees/bushes I have the the wild hibiscus. I believe it is like a bush. But I am not sure about the name for the purple flowers. As always thank you in advance for visiting my post and for the nice comments. Have a happy Day and new week ahead!





Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Mersad for hosting Through My Lens.
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Sue for hosting Wordless Wednesday
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday


I hope you enjoyed our daytrip to the wildlife refuge. As always thank you for visiting my post and for the nice comments. Wishing everyone a happy Monday and new week ahead!



97 comments:

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fantastic photos of the King fisher and the nature around on this farm. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

✿ chica said...

Que lindos cliques conseguiste mais uma vez!Adorei! Que tua semana seja linda! bjs, chica

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello, Eileen! Wonderful flowers! The Kingfisher shots are gorgeous. I too was eagerly trying to see what she had caught...
Happy Mosaic Monday!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

What a beautiful place! Love all of the blooms and the kingfisher ! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

How great to capture the kingfisher with something in her mouth!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

that kingfisher was really showing off, wasn't he :O]

Buttons Thoughts said...

Incredible shots Eileen. Hug B

Sandra said...

beautiful water lilies.. and i love the one that has a frog or maybe a grasshopper in its mouth.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the kingfisher

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Eileen, all are beautiful! I love the kingfisher pic, it has a cool hairstyle. It does look like a frog between its beak! Great scenery shots.

Bob Bushell said...

The Belted Kingfisher is breathtaking, fabulous.

Mary Cromer said...

Kingfishers for me are so hard to get close enough to, to get any decent shots, but you have some great captures here Eileen. Have a Happy Week and have fun every day~

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Kingfishers do look almost comical, don't they? Lovely flowers...lots of lavender colors! Enjoy your day my friend. Hugs, Diane

Jutta.K said...

Wonderful mosaics, great shots of the bird !
Greetings from Germany

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma bela sequência de fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.
http://andarilharar.blogspot.pt/

Linda Kay said...

The kingfisher looks like me when I get up in the morning, with its feathers all askew. Great capture, as are all your photos, my friend.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
If by 'bush' you mean shrub, then hibiscus definitely counts!!! I love how you find freshness round every blade of grass and twitch of wing... YAM xx

Gayle said...

Love the Kingfisher!
The RG sees them at the lake but I haven't caught one yet.

Rose said...

Love that kingfisher...I never get near close enough to get a good photograph. And love the waterlilies. I have not had much opportunity to photograph them this year.

carol l mckenna said...

All very beautiful photos of nature ~ the Kingfisher is intriguing with his mouth full of its catch ~


Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

MartiDIY said...

Great pictures! I've never seen a kingfisher before. She looks very punk. lol

Everything is so lush and green there! I've never seen hibiscus growing so thick. It's fantastic.

The yellow blooms are lotus and the purple are purple loosestrife I think. Invasive and illegal here, but maybe not up there. A beautiful plant though.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen I lovethe Kingfisher images in particular as well as the beautiful collages of flowers. HAve a great week.

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful photos Eileen. Your Belted Kingfisher is an extraordinary bird.

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Hello Eileen! The nature of Maryland looks amazing! Wow!

Mersad said...

Great wildlife images. Thanks so much for linking in with "Through My Lens".

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Mary Hone said...

I love that kingfisher. They are so fun to see.

Chris Rohrer said...

Sweet Eileen. This has got to be a great time of year for you outdoors. Not too hot and humid I hope. I looked at that kingfisher and it's huge. Do grasshoppers get that big? Mystery food:) Have a good week!

Charlene N.K. said...

You have captured the kingfisher in action beautifully. I like all images. And that's quite a lot of lotus flowers! Amazing!

Debbie said...

lot's of wonderful images shared today. you did a great job with the mosaics. the kingfisher, be still my heart.....i am still waiting to see one!!!!

Missy George said...

Great post..Nice mosaic at the end..Wonderful Kingfisher shots..I thought they were larger..

podso said...

You find interesting things on your walk and take beautiful photos. Have a good week!

Hilde said...

beautiful flowers and birds! nice mosaics.
Visiting from Mosaic monday,
and "Through My Lens", Hilde
http://stapjesonderweg.blogspot.be/2015/09/white-city-in-alpujarra.html

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Monday Morning Eileen,
I so enjoyed this post and the wonder of nature. The photos of the flowers are perfect for this early Autumn day and what a great capture of the Kingfisher.
Have a Lovely week,
Jemma

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I have been seeing some big beautiful hibiscus in gardens lately. It's very pretty.

Karen said...

Lovely mosaics. The Kingfisher shots are awesome!

ladyfi said...

Such lovely shots and a pretty place.

Debby Ray said...

Wow...such interesting birds and beautiful flowers too. Great shots of all! Poor little whatever in that bird's mouth...oh well...:)
Have a great week!

Phil Slade said...

Well whatever that Kingfisher has in its bill, it makes for a big meal. A brilliant job with the mosaics again Eileen.

Have a lovely week my friend. We are off to Greece tomorrow.

Beth from VA, . . ."E" said...

i think i saw one of these the other day on our travels. but by the time i did get my camera zoomed in enough to get the shot ... by gosh it was gone? was it really there or was it just a dream. gorgeous birdie. ( :

Helma said...

Great beautiful pictures Eileen.
The Kingfisher is really fantastic and also the pictures of the flowers.
I enjoyed this beautiful plates.
Greetings, Helma

Linda W. said...

Great capture of the bird with the critter (frog?) in its mouth.

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I love the Kingfisher !

Caroline Gill said...

What an incredible Belted Kingfisher, Eileen. I love your mosaics, as ever. Thank you for your kind comments on my W&W blog.

Tom said...

I always love to see Kingfishers.

The Yum List said...

Soaking up your greenery and blue skies today. KL is overcome with a horrible haze. It's not very pleasant here at the moment.

NatureFootstep said...

a beautiful post. I like the images with the hungry Kingfisher :)

Karen S. said...

Hello Eileen, hope your Monday is wonderful! Great captures, and my most favorite of all your lovely shots is of your Kingfisher he is just adorable.

Happyone said...

Great shot of the kingfisher. It does look like a frog.
Pretty water lilies.

Stephanie said...

Wonderful capture of the Kingfisher. Lovely mosaics!

colleen said...

Beautiful views of the wildlife.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely photo's Eileen.
Do like your mosaics.

Hope your week is going well.

All the best Jan

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

I love the kingfisher pictures. I will expected him to move to a more secluded place to enjoy his prey. But, he just stands there looking at the surroundings. Looks so funny.

Lois said...

Fantastic shots of the Kingfisher with her meal! I love the name of this place.

NC Sue said...

Great shots, especially of the kingfisher!
Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/nighttime-paddle-on-jordan-lake.html

September Violets said...

You always find the best birding locations Eileen! I love the little green herons and the kingfishers are a favourite bird of mine. They make the most pleasant "chatter" as they fly along the creeks. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.
Wendy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I love to see king fishers, and often do on the hydro wires along our country lines but haven't seen one fishing in our pond for a few years. I kept enlarging your photos on my Mac and it looks like a huge grasshopper in the female's beak.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Eileen.

Al said...

What a great variety of wild plants and birds, lovely.

Small Kucing said...

Looks like it's a frog it have there.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed the great pics. Don't know that I have every seen a king fisher in person. Thanks for sharing.

Gail Dixon said...

Wonderful collection, Eileen! We saw a Kingfisher kayaking today, but I could not get close enough. They are so skittish. I admire your patience in getting all these wonderful shots.

ladyfi said...

How wonderful to see the birds. And everything so lush and leafy!

Linda said...

Fine shots! I was not familiar with Swan Harbor Farms but it looks fantastic.

Montanagirl said...

Awesome captures of the Kingfisher - wonder what he has?

Liz said...

Great birds Eileen! That looks like a great place to walk!

Tomoko said...

Hello, Eileen,
What a beautiful and amazing natural world!The kingfisher is adorable! you captured a great moment. I like your wild flowers too!

Joyful said...

Beautiful photos. I loved seeing the Kingfisher and the marshlands. Have a wonderful week Eileen. Here we will be having a week of rain after a week of sunshine.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

The water lilies and wild plants look wonderful......and a belted kingfisher! You have so many interesting birds where you live.

Enjoy your week,
Ruby

Katarina said...

The Kingfisher is such a charmer, sitting there with a fish in its mouth!
Have a great day, Eileen!

Stewart M said...

Nice shots. If that Kingfisher was in Australia I would have said it had a cicada in its beak - it certainly looks like a 'bug' of some kind.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Lynne said...

The Kingfisher wins the prize . . .
Yes . . . . what DOES he have in his mouth!?

magiceye said...

Loved the pictures of the Kingfisher getting ready to dine!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Lovely, except for the purple loosestrife! It is an invasive species, and they've been doing much work up here in Canada to try and eradicate it!

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh, how I do love the Kingfisher ... they are the cutest and most wily of the fishing birds. If I were a cartoonist, he would be one of my favorite subjects. Great series, Eileen ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Small City Scenes said...

Nice series of sots. I like the Kingfisher. They are so flighty I seldom get a picture.
MB

Annemor said...

As always, a great joy to meet your birds and se the nature through your lense.
All the best.
Mormor

http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2015/09/15/furua-i-vassfoyka/

Findlay Wilde said...

That Belted Kingfisher is such a great looking bird. What a powerhouse it looks like.

Crimson Kettle said...

Great photos. Your kingfisher is so different to ours! :-)

Black Jack's Carol said...

Hi Eileen, My link for your Saturday's Critters does not work. I tried to do a small edit but ended up deleting half the post. Will finish it this evening as we are going out now. Many apologies! Will read your latest post this evening as well. All the best!

TexWisGirl said...

love the kingfisher shots!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Belted Kingfisher has a pretty big prize...a grasshopper?
~

Adam Jones said...

Oh my Eileen, the Kingfisher shots are amazing.

Georgia Koch said...

I really enjoyed adventuring through your beautiful world ... Have a great week, Bastet

Latane Barton said...

Eileen, you are a bird expert (along with Stewart and many others) so I am hoping you will take a look at my post 'What's this bird' and help me out. I can't identify it even with the books I have. So, I'm stumped. Thanks.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Fabulous shots of this wetlands area and great pictures of that precious Kingfisher.

Laura. M said...

Beautiful nature, Eileen...The bird is taking a nice lunch :)))
Buen miércoles.
Besos.

Juni said...

Eileen, que fotos fantásticas! Belo clique do pássaro com a presa no bico, talvez uma pequena rã ou gafanhoto, não sei!
As paisagens com flores também estão encantadoras.
Beijos, ótimo restinho de semana.

Carmen Lúcia.Prazer de Escrever said...

Adorei todas as imagens,principalmente das flores.
Bjs-Carmen Lúcia.

Ida said...

Great mosaics here. The Kingfisher was so cool - I think it was a bug of some kind though as it had antenna.

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh wow what a great capture with him getting his dinner.
I love your use of the mosaics.
Thanks for sharing your great shots.
Hope you week is going great.
Off to walk the dog.
Maybe I'll see a squirrel.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, What a neat place. I sure like your photo of that Kingfisher. Have a fantastic day tomorrow!

diane b said...

Love kingfishers, they are my favourite bird. Pretty flowers too.

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Eileen...wonderful series on the kingfisher.. we have one here everyday and I love to watch them.. Have a great weekend..Michelle

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous captures! I love the kingfisher and the waterlilies/lotuses. Have a great weekend, Eileen!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful photos!

Ana Freire said...

Remarkable images, Eileen!!!
That is all I can say...
Kisses
Ana

Florence said...

Wonderful photos of the Belted Kingfisher! And the water lilies are lovely too. Hope you have a good week.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh. Eileen this is wonderful. I'm so envious of the kingfisher .... I see them often but almost never get a picture....And you got one with lunch! I'm so impressed.