Thursday, February 9, 2012

SWF>>>Backyard & the reservoir

Happy Weekend!!!

For my Skywatch Friday  I have some sunset shots from my backyard and some pic's from our walk to the lake.



I like the sky reflecting in the shot above, you can see the white clouds in the water. When we walked closer to the lakeshore we spooked off a few Common Mergansers. They flew to the far side of the lake and much too far for a photo. When I scanned the lake with my binocs I noticed there were pairs and groups of Common Mergansers all over the lake. I like seeing the usual Canada Geese at the lake but the mergansers were a treat.



The photo above is not from my lake but, I wanted to show the Common Merganser.



I did not catch them in this photo, but the Turkey and Black vultures always make their way back to my woods to roost for the night. Sometimes, there are as many as fifty flying toward my yard. What a sight!


Above are a  few of the sunset photos taken from my backyard on Sunday. I love how the sun turned the edges of the clouds a pinkish color. The clouds reminded me of charcoal burning in a grill during a summer cookout.

I'll end my post with a pretty Mourning Dove shot from my birdcam. Looks like she is enjoying a feast.

I am wishing you all a great weekend and Happy Birding. Thanks to the host of Skywatch Friday  : Sylvia, Sandy and Wren. Also, thank you for stopping by to see my skies and post.

84 comments:

  1. Hi Eileen :)
    mi piacciono molto queste tue foto con gli uccelli che aspettano di mangiare o di ripararsi dal freddo !
    Magniche espressioni gli sguardi degli uccelli :))
    Buona giornata.
    Myriam

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  2. The photos of the sky are beautiful! And I love the dove...such a pretty shot of her! Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Love the crazy hairdo's on those Mergansers!

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  4. Good morning Eileen, your sunset is beautiful. The Mergansers look pretty cool with their mohawks! :)

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  5. Thank you! You do the same. I am meeting up with people this weekend to go and do some birding. It should be fun. Those ducks are really funny looking:) The weekend is almost here:)

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  6. The pretty little dove must have thought it had stumbled on a peanut buffet when it landed on that ledge. :)

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  7. How beautiful--especially the sunset. I also take photos of the sky from my back deck regularly--the colors can be amazing.

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  8. Beautiful reservoir makes brilliant photos.

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  9. Such peaceful and lovely skies!

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  10. Lovely scenes and colors Eileen, very nice series

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  11. The dove is lovely! Your other photos are brilliant too. I love the sunset photos and those of the water birds.
    Have a great weekend Eileen!

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  12. Wonderful and amazing Eileen.

    Happy SWF.
    xo
    Regina

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  13. Such beautiful scenes in your area. Lovely photographs, Eileen! I like your cloud description. I recently spied some Common Mergansers swimming in Lake Michigan. Their silly mohawks make me smile. The final dove photo is quite sweet. Wonderful post!

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  14. Thank you, Eileen, for visiting my blog. Your skies are wonderful ... what a beautiful area you live in. Love those mergansers, a bird I have only seen out on the Inner Hebrides off Scotland.

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  15. Beautiful photos this morning. I love looking at photos from my friends. Love to see the areas they live.

    Kay

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  16. a great mix of scenery and birds. love the dove at the end. :) what a buffet!

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  17. Beautiful skies you have! The reflections are especially nive.

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  18. Beautiful scenes..I Love the webcam photos. I must get one! I have been saying this for a long time now.

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  19. Beautiful series!
    Have a great day.
    Mette

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  20. That almost looks like fire in the skies. And, is that a bad hair day on some of the Common Merganser's? LOL!

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  21. gorgeous sky shots and i LOVE the ducks with the spikey, wind blown hair!!

    and your morning dove, what a poser, too cute for words!!

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  22. lovely photos!

    www.explorerminded.com

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  23. Wow, it looks like spring!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  24. Lovely, peaceful skies and I, too, love the wind-ruffled ducks! Wonderful captures for the day, Eileen!! Happy SWF! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  25. Love the array of colours with those flashes of warmth in the golds and yellow peeking through.

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  26. 50 vultures must be a fantastic sight Eileen. Interesting how in the US and UK those sawbills are called different - here we call them Goosander and you call them Common Merganser. We also have a smaller Red-breasted Merganser - confusing isn't it?

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  27. The lake looks so nice and peaceful. Happy weekend to you, Eileen.

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  28. Beautiful sunset shots...love the clouds outlined in pink...those ducks are fun to see!

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  29. Beautiful skies Eileen. LOve your header looks like the sky is burning. Love the little ducks.

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  30. what a gorgeous spot for walking and bird watching.

    My sky is here

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  31. Lovely skyphotos!
    I wish you a Happy Friday!

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  32. Love those mergansers with their wild feathers.

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  33. thank you as always for sharing your amazing backyard.

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  34. Very pretty shots and intriguing skies.

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  35. beautiful shots! mine is up here

    http://myphotomeme.com/2012/02/09/yesterdays-weather/

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  36. Birding is addictive.

    Hope you have a nice one this coming weekend.

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  37. What a delightful series of photos. I loved the lake shots but the dove was great.

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  38. Wonderful sights. I also love the pinkish edged clouds. Love the closeup of the dove from the bird cam.

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  39. Pretty sky pictures and that Dove looks very happy to belly up to that buffet.

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  40. Beautiful. Love the colors of the sky.

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  41. I would not want to see fifty vulture flying toward me! You are a brave woman.

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  42. What a lovely place to live, - beautiful photos. Love the Dove.

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  43. The mergansers are quite exotic.

    My skywatch, have a nice weekend.

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  44. what a beautiful walk you have right next to your home, in your backyard, the lake looks so peaceful and inviting, and the sky gorgeous.

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  45. I love your lake, my sight stretched far out to infinity! I love the reflections of the clouds, muted yet lovely!

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  46. Hi Eileen, I can now see the comment button and am glad to say how much I have enjoyed today's photographs. Have a great weekend.

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  47. You have some really beautiful skies Eileen. I really like your second shot with the shadow from that little bush and the sky and trees reflecting on the water.

    I love to see mergansers, maybe it's their 'hair styles' that appeal to me so much.

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  48. Great sunset and yes they look like burning coals. I love the ducks with the punk hair style.

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  49. I like your second photo by the lake, very inviting.

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  50. Oh, my...these are great photos...well done! Superb!
    You are an artist!
    Kiss,
    BS

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  51. What beautiful skies Eileen! A lovely series of shots and I love those Common Mergansers - great mohawks on their heads :)

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  52. People often say, that only the sky is a limit, but I think it can be much further ;)
    Oh, the feast is so rich!!! Yummy!

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  53. I love that lake and the reflections in it. And of course, the mergansers.

    The tree on my shot is a birch. We have a lot of them and I love them all.

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  54. Eileen,
    nice reflections at the reservoir.

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  55. Your sky watch photos are spectacular, and the dove looks very full indeed.

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  56. Beautiful different skies ! and I love the little "punk" ducks !

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  57. Beautiful Eileen. I've been trying to comment on your blog posts for ages, hope this one uploads. Have a great weekend and thanks for always visiting my blog. Jo

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  58. Beautiful Eileen. I've been trying to comment on your blog posts for ages, hope this one uploads. Have a great weekend and thanks for always visiting my blog. Jo

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  59. Gorgeous photos, Eileen. I love seeing that beautiful Mourning Dove enjoying some dinner (or is it breakfast)....

    Love your sky pictures also especially the ones with the pink edges.... Wow!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  60. What a beautiful collection of Skywatch photos! It's so strange to me to see a lake that isn't frozen this time of year though lol

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  61. Wonderful skies and very peaceful.

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  62. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing with us. Have a nice week-en Greetings from Romania.

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  63. Lovely sky, water and bird photos. Mergansers are wonderful to see, thank you. New follower!

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  64. Wonderful series! Love the gorgeous skies!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    ***
    Have a fabulous weekend****

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  65. Beautiful lake shots and a gorgeous sunset!

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  66. Beautiful series of photos. Love the water shots and the mergansers.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  67. Beautiful clouds shots, Eileen! Love the colors that are mingled in! I like your dove photo, too. It almost looks like a statue.

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  68. Hi there - the lake looks a great place to be able to explore.

    Heath issues here are better - but not fixed yet!

    Very nice sunset colour as well.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  69. How beautiful. I like all photo. :)

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  70. Eileen, these are great and fun to view the scenes that others view in their daily walk. Have a great weekend!

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  71. Great pics, especially the ones of the beautiful sky !

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  72. Beautiful photos, Eileen! Love the sunset and the Mourning dove.

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  73. The male ducks have the handsome hairdo, and the girls are plain Janes?

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  74. Pretty skies! And I like the birds too!

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  75. Beautiful captures! Love the last one!

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  76. Beautiful shots. :D The backyard shots where very nice to, feels some gentle drama going on with the sky. The mourning pigeon pix wrapped the post very nice. :D Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  77. Your backyard really is in the midst of beauty and nature! Thanks for stopping by and have a fun week.

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  78. I want to take a vacation in your backyard!

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