Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday's Critters #111

Saturday's Critters #111

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

I am sharing some recent photos of our last walk on the Susquehanna River trail and Conowingo Dam to see the eagles.  There were not as many eagles as we saw back in November but there were enough around for us to enjoy and then there were the gulls.

For Teresa's Friday's Hunt   Thanks to Teresa

1. Starts with E
2. Week's favorite
3. Sky


For my letter E, I am sharing the Bald Eagles were seen in the trees next to the parking lot, above the trail and on the dam. I think the Eagle above has a cramp in his foot.


Plenty of gulls and a Bald Eagle standing on the end of the wall.


The Conowingo Dam is a great spot to find  the gulls in the winter.


The island in the middle of Susquehanna River is home to some wintering Great Blue Herons.



I call this shot above GULL Island.


A juvenile Bald Eagle seen as we were walking on the river trail.


Above is another Bald Eagle seen while we walked in the trail.



The Black Vultures were everywhere, some were just laying on the ground.


More Black Vultures were gathering in this area, not far from the parking lot and trail. I hope you enjoyed my birds and images. As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!



To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

83 comments:

Nancy Chan said...

The Bald Eagle looks fierce and the Black Vultures look very scary.
Thank you, Eileen for hosting Saturday's Critters. Have a blessed weekend!

Jocee said...

Wow, your Bald Eagle shots are amazing.

DeniseinVA said...

Must have been great to see so many birds together like that. Loved your eagle photos and the vultures have the most interesting faces. Thank you for hosting Eleen and have a great weekend.

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, great first shot of the Bald Eagle and even better that you saw a juvenile. I love the Black Vultures lying on the ground. Thanks for hosting this meme. Happy Saturday to you. Jo

Tony McGurk said...

Great photos of the Eagles Eileen. While I'm not a Birding enthusiast I still love birds. All kinds of birds are beautiful to me, the Vultures maybe not quite so much. I think even little plain Sparrows are beautiful.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Beautiful and very interesting photos, as always, dear Eileen! The "Gull Island" shot is my favourite.
I joined SC this week, even though people seem to find it difficult to spot my critter. It's in the first photo. :)
Thank you for hosting. Have a lovely weekend!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello! The Bald Eagle are so beautiful, and The Great Blue Heron too! Lovely images.

I wish you a Happy Saturday, and enjoy your weekend!

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful series of pictures, especially the bald eagle is great.
I wish you a very nice weekend.
Best regards, Irma

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:)
Wonderful Gull and Heron sightings, and I loved your shots of the Bald Eagles and Black Vultures. I don't know, but It must be an unusual sight to see so many vultures just laying on the ground!!
Have a good weekend Eileen.:)

Bob Bushell said...

What a Bald Eagle, fantastic images Eileen.

Sue said...

Hi Eileen--what a great place to view birds Such a variety!
Have a happy weekend. Stay warm

Christine said...

Hello Eileen and thanks for hosting another Saturday's Critters! You have another great selection of birds to share! The eagles are just awesome birds and thanks for sharing the vultures as I think that's the closest I've ever seen any.
Enjoy your weekend!

Mascha said...

Wonderful series,thanks for sharing. Never seen a laying vulture before... and the gull island is my favorite for today.
Have a nice weekend

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Love those eagles! I have noticed our local eagles often rest on one foot with the other dangling. I think that when the leg is extended the talons automatically flex into a fist, so it means that the bird is relaxing, not all tensed up.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
What a great pictures of that bald eagles. They are fantastic.
So wonderful these birds.

Many greetings,
Mraco

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos! You're very lucky to get to see Bald Eagles.

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

Love the Bald Eagle sitting on one leg!

Y'all come on by,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
vulture AGM??? &*> YAM xx

A Quiet Corner said...

Oh, Eileen...you had me at the first pic!!!!...:)JP

Cranberry Morning said...

I like your shot of Gull Island, Eileen, and Bald Eagles are always thrilling to see...and to hear. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Splendid eagle photos Eileen....they look as though they are actually posing for you!

Happy weekend!
Ruby

Shelia said...

Oh, the eagles are so majestic! I've seen some in Alaska before. Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia

EG CameraGirl said...

I would love to get such a good shot of a bald eagle!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

How wonderful to capture a young bald eagle in a photo.

Brian King said...

Great photos of the eagles! The vultures, too! Two of my favorites!

The Furry Gnome said...

Just don't know how you manage to see so many different big birds!

Debbie said...

"gull island", very clever, i see a lot of gull islands!!! hehehe, they do stick close together.

awesome captures of the bald eagles...i can only dream, they are magnificent!!!!

many thanks for hosting!!!!

Linda said...

Eileen, your photos always bring me such joy and are so captivating! This series is magnificent. Thank you so much for sharing.

Rose said...

Wonderful collection of critter photos...of course the eagles are my favorites. But glad to see such good photos of the Black Vultures...we saw one in the middle of the highway one time coming home from getting Lorelei. Couldn't get a photo.

Sharon Wagner said...

I like your new blog bright white look! And wonderful Eagles. I just read that they are nesting here already. Brrr...

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

what a great place to enjoy birds.

I would be doing so much squee I wouldn't get any shots of the birds.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Love the first eagle shot!

Tom said...

your eagle image is majestic

Linda W. said...

Always cool to see bald eagles and your vulture shot is great!

edenhills said...

Those eagle images are just amazing! It's been quite a while since I've seen one. I'm not sure you could get many more gulls on that island. Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt! I'll have to come back later to link my critter post.

Jim said...

Thank you Eileen, for my lesson and your wonderful showing of 'large birds.' I am very familiar with the black vultures, we have a lot of those along the roads here in the Gulf Coast Plains. And up in the foothills too. We moved out of the hills to VERY FLAT LAND here at Katy, Texas (from Montgomery, Texas) and I miss a lot of the soaring actions viewing from our front porch down here.
Up there we also had the real bald eagles, they were down by the creek that ran through the golf course, we lived on top of a hill, on the course, so we'd see them at our back yard. There were only a few eagles but they were scattered around our subdivision.
Question: Did you know about "Bergmann’s rule” (? It)... makes things a bit more complicated: Bald eagles living farther north (in Canada or Alaska, for example) should be larger than those in the southern United States.
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p.s. Next week I probably won't return comments until the Monday after, but please do visit my blog after your 'Hunt' posting. Thank you, I should check in but will be very late.
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Phil Slade said...

Hello Eileen. Sorry I can't join in fully today as I am still in Spain. Good luck with your critter day and best wishes for next week.

Daniela said...

I'm amazed more and more by the Nature surrounding you and by your ability in catching such precious moments, my darling Eileen, you're truly so very talented !

Have a weekend blessed with joy and wonder,
sending so much love to you,
with gratitude
Dany

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

Connie Smiley said...

What a treat, Eileen, to see those eagles! Beautiful!

Lynne said...

Certainly a treat to see so many shots of the Bald Eagle . . .
(I liked the cranes and gulls too, vultures, not so much!)
You are the best Eileen . . .

Kristin_Texas said...

I've always wanted to see an eagle in person. All we get here - Warda, Texas - are those Cara Cara's/Mexican Eagles. I see them quite a bit over the neighbor's pond.

Marie-Anne said...

Dear Eileen,
I so much enjoy looking at your amazing photos of the birds! The eagles are so beautiful!!!
I was also shooting sea gulls on the beach today and also three buzzards flying high over the village, but my photos are not so good for a post, otherwise I would have linked here.
I wish you a lovely weekend!!!

carol l mckenna said...

Love the baby eagle and all wonderful shots ~ even the vultures!

Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

ps. running behind this week ~ catching up slowly

Karen S. said...

Happy Critter Saturday to you too Eileen, and you have a load of lovely feathered friends today. But it's the contrast of the bright white feathers and the lovely rich blue skies that caught my eyes! Enjoy your day take care!

Nancy J said...

The bald eagles are magnificent, do you use a tele lens?

jeannettestgermain said...

Some birds are quite plain in their childhood! Am glad the eagle matures such a magnificent appearance!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Wonderful to see the Bald Eagles and especially the juvenile. The Black Vultures are interesting, too. Always love the Great Blue Herons. Thanks for hosting and hope you have a great weekend, Eileen! x Karen

Anni said...

Superior images!!! I love 'em all.

A special thanks for sharing and adding your post to the linking tool this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'!! Your contribution is always appreciated.

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures! I especially enjoyed the bridge and The Black Vultures :-))

Christian Weiß said...

Great photos and birds.

Ida said...

Great selection of birds Eileen. Of course the Eagles are my favorites but it's neat to see the others like the gulls and the buzzards (strange looking fellows).

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Great shots of the Bald Eagle!!
I really enjoyed your wonderful pictures!
Have a happy Sunday!
Dimi...

TexWisGirl said...

gull island is cute. love that you see eagles. like the vultures, too!

Marie C said...

Great post! Love the bald eagle!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Glad you used the 'E' for eagle Eileen, love seeing these birds. Gull island is pretty crowded!

Stephanie said...

Loved seeing the eagle and Vultures. Great shots!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I love seeing the eagles. Nice shots of all the birds. Gull Island- that's a perfect name!

Alica said...

Those eagles are so regal looking. Have you seen the website for the bal eagles over in York county? It's been a long time since I've been across the Conowingo dam!

Phyllis Oller said...

Loving all of your pictures, I love to watch the vultures here,they are so goofy looking,thanks for sharing & for hosting,phyllis

Patty Woodland said...

I love Bald Eagles and am lucky enough to see them regularly here in Montana. Occasionally a golden. We have turkey vultures with their bright red heads. And seagulls. Surprised me to no end to see them here - I'm a child of the Jersey shore and never expected seagulls in Montana. I guess they are just everywhere!

Linda said...

Looks like a great place to visit. Love the eagles!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your eagle photos really are amazing! I always enjoy photos of them, and wished I saw them more than I do. I think the vultures can be such characters in their own way!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - great photos. I wonder if the eagle has something wrong with its foot. The black vultures were amazing - I've never seen so many vultures in a group like that.

Betty Manousos said...

exquisite photographs, eileen! each and every one of them! what a glorious experience that must have been for you to observe and capture these beautiful birds.

enjoy your sunday!

Small Kucing said...

We dont have Bald Eagle here...at least not my part of the jungle. Nice to see the photos in your blog

Nick V. said...

What magnificent creatures those eagles are! Thanks for hosting, Eileen. Have a great new week!

Nick Va said...

The vultures are quite interesting too!

Ela said...

Fantastic photos of the eagles!
Happy Sunday !

rainfield61 said...

You share your critters, I share my mushrooms.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great shots, Eileen.

Interesting that the vultures just sat there, in my experience they aren't even comfortable with me taking their pics when their up on power line towers.
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Magia da Inês said...


Muito bacana!
São colagens, fotos e muitas informações maravilhosas.
Gostaria de participar mas, minhas fotos de animais e aves não são boas... eles se movimentam muito e as fotos ficam tremidas e desfocadas.

Bom domingo! Boa semana!
Beijinhos.
✿゚ه° ·.

Maggee said...

Fun shots... must have been a great visit! Off to look at more!

Missy George said...

Love the Eagle shots

Powell River Books said...

We went out eagle watching this week too. Didn't see many even though there were reports of quite a few along the river. I did see a heron, ducks and what I think was an American Dipper. - Margy

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Your eagle photos are great and I enjoyed the other birds as well. Congrats on Saturday's Critters #111 ... an excellent meme indeed. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I knew you had visited Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics but I did not realize you had done an Alaska Cruise. If you can, next time tell me which ship you took and if you enjoyed the journey. Wishing you a fine week ahead!

Happyone said...

Love the eagle.

AlexaT said...

Wow...an island for gulls?!...And a lovely eagle, so many birds, vultures... (For my post I found only two horses in a very old litography and the pines specific to mountain region.*-*)
You have such beautiful aspects to share with us! Nature is incredible, all the time!
Greetings in the last day of january and a great start in the new week of february!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful portraits of the Eagles in both stages! We have seen vulture gatherings like that in or near the Everglades.... it's so interesting.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous photos of the eagles! They're handsome birds.

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann, Eileen! Have a nice week , hugs from Norway ;:OD)

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
really wonderful to see this big birds so sharp and clear and close.
Great !
Best regards, Synnöve

Ana Freire said...

Impressive details, from the eagles and the vultures, on your photos, Eileen!
Stunning! We can see them so well!
Another amazing post, over here!
Kisses
Ana