Saturday, December 26, 2020

Saturday's Critters #367

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Hello and happy Saturday!
 
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I hope everyone had a very happy Christmas!  These are some photos from our visit to the Loch Raven Reservoir and dam.  I was looking for two Western Grebes that were being seen in the area, a few birds were seen but not the Grebes. 

1.  The Bald Eagle was seen a distance away, but I was able to zoom in to get a closer look. 
 
 

 
 
2.  I was scanning the trees across the river and found this Great Blue Heron. It was busy grooming to notice me. 
 
 

 
 
3. Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gulls and the Mallard ducks were all being fed
 
 

 
4. The Ring-billed Gulls were hanging out on a little island.
 
 

 
 
 
5. We watched these Mallards running up to a family that was feeding the gulls, geese and these ducks. 
 
 


6. These Canada Geese, Gulls and Mallards must be used to people feeding them,  they all flew and ran past us to get to the food.
 
 



7. These gulls were not interested in the food being offered, they sat out on the little island. 



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90 comments:

  1. Eileen I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day and many thanks for hosting your great blog for us all. Such a loot of critters in this post but lovely shots of the Bqld Eagle adn Heron .

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    1. Thank you Margaret!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  2. Very nice close up shot of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron. It is wonderful to be able to enjoy these feathered critters up close especially when they are not afraid of humans. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  3. Hello Eileen,
    I hope you too had a happy Christmas. Beautiful photos! The Bald Eagle is so pretty.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  4. Such a pleasant post, Eileen. Love ya!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  5. Hi Eileen,
    These are a wonderful series of photos.
    The sea eagle is really great to see, but also that all birds are fed is very nice to see.
    Would you like to post my link, I cannot do that.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  6. As you say, all God's creatures are precious. The Bald eagle has...personality.
    Happy Boxing Day, Eileen, and thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you, Happy Boxing Day to you!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  7. Tão lindos e tão bem fotografados! beijos, ótimo fim de semana! chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  8. Complimenti per le splendide fotografie.
    L'aquila è meravigliosa.

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    1. Thank you Stefania!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  10. Hi Eileen, great shots all of them. My favorite this week is the Bald eagle and the unaware blue heron.
    I have an issue with people feeding birds too much, and often with things not good for them. Also, it is not fun with 30 ducks around your feet and car. When I come to such places I feel like a cheater as I never bring food! But I do see the pleasure it brings to feed them. With this warm winter, so far, it will probably not take long before gulls and geese comes back to Sweden. Take care, and enjoy the rest of the holidays.
    Monica

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    1. Thank you Monica!
      I agree, I do not like that the people are feeding the birds. Bread is not good for them, the kiddies do love seeing all the birds. Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  11. Shame you didn't get to see the grebes Eileen. But never mind the Bald Eagle picture more than made up for it. So too the Great Blue Heron and the other birds you enjoyed ona such a lovely sunny morning.

    I'm hoping you are enjoying your Christmas as much as we are. Many thanks for your hard work every week in ensuring that us bird watchers have a place to exchange, news, views and pictures.

    Have a super New Year.

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    1. Thank you Phil!
      I appreciate all your past visits, links and comments.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you William!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  13. You can always tell the birds who are accustomed to humans feeding them. They rush right over to you as soon as you step out of your car!

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    1. Thank you David!
      So true, the ducks were running right up to the people with the food.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  14. Lovely photos, Eileen, especially of the eagles! Thank for your kind wishes on my blog. I hope you are enjoying the best the Festive Season has to offer close to the ones dear to you.

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    1. Thank you Nick!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  15. Hi Eileen! :) I hope you had a nice Christmas day! :) Your photos of the geese and ducks are really lovely, but I just LOVE those bald eagle shots! Very cool! :)

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    1. Thank you Rain!
      I always enjoy seeing the Eagles.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  16. Hari OM
    I trust you had a wonderful Christmas day, Eileen - and now to see the year out... birdwatching seems to me to be one of the better options for doing that!!! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM!
      yes, i would be happy to see the year out while birdwatching.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  17. Gorgeous Eileen! What great shots of the Bald Eagle. I hope you had a nice Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Martha!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Mikael!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  19. It's so exciting to see Eagles! Love all of your photos. Hope you are able to enjoy some time in nature this weekend. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      I hope our weather warms up some for an outing and walk.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  20. I love the pictures of the eagle and the great blue heron.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  21. I love the profile shot of the eagle. he is so handsome. I know you are missing your trips to the parks and seeing all the birds . I wish you a happy new year that allows you to travel and see all the things you love so much..

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    1. Thank you Sandra!
      I hope to travel in 2021..
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  22. Loved the zoomed close-ups of eagle and heron! I agree that bread is definitely not good to fee birds, we had a lot of sick Canada Geese one year from it. I saw a suggestion to feed them frozen peas...sounds delicious, but a bit more expensive than bread. It all depends upon the parents' thinking ahead I guess. So glad you saw so many birds.

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    1. Thank you Barbara!
      I heard cracked corn was ok to feed the birds, I have not heard about the peas.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  23. Gorgeous Bald Eagle photos and other feathered friends ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

    Live with love each moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  24. fabulous capture of the bald eagle, such a majestic sighting and your images are gorgeous!! the great blue sure was busy grooming which provided a great picture!!

    cute ducks and geese!! many thanks for hosting us critter lovers, i hope you had a nice holiday!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  25. Love the photo with the birds taking off.

    Your eagle shot was pretty amazing too.

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    1. Thank you Dee!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  26. I love the heron with its feathers all fluffed out like that! Thanks for hosting us each week, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      I appreciate all your links and comments this past year!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  27. It is alway exciting to see a bald eagle and then a privilege to be able to get the photos. Great photos, Eileen. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you Ann!
      I wish you and your family a very happy & healthy New Year!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  28. Love the eagle! Too bad that the wild creatures have become semi-domesticated because of all the human kindness. It may not be good for their long-term survival as they are exchanging disease organisms and losing their foraging skills and protective instincts.

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    1. Thank you Ken!
      I wish people knew more about feeding these wild birds.
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  29. Hi Eileen, The eagle photos are impressive! Congrats on getting those shots! I enjoyed all the photos. Thank you for taking us along on your visit to the Loch Raven Reservoir and dam. I hope you and your family had an excellent Christmas. Thank you, as always, for sharing your blog and for your kind comments on mine. Happy rest of the weekend and week ahead to you. John

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    1. Thank you John!
      I am always happy to see your comments!
      Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

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  30. Wow fabulous images and love all the birds. Many years ago we were visiting Vashon Island and my husband sees a bald eagle sitting on a pier so he walks over to get a closer look and picture. They are huge birds up close and the beak and large talons are impressive.

    Hugs Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane!
      The Eagles are huge, I always enjoy seeing them!
      Take care, Happy Sunday! Have a great new week!

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  31. Thanks for putting your shots of the Eagle first, Eileen!! The variety you see there is amazing!...:)jp

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    1. Thank you JP!
      Take care, Happy Sunday! Have a great new week!

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Take care, Happy Sunday! Have a great new week!

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  33. I really enjoyed your photos.. I love birds but rarely catch a good shot since I use my iPhone and the the birds are usually too far away. That blue heron is very different than the ones I see- beautiful. The shots of the eagle are amazing.

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    1. Thank you Judee!
      Take care, Happy Sunday! Have a great new week!

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  34. Just wanted to say Thank-you Eileen for your wonderful blog over the past twelve months. It is always interesting to see where you have been and what you have seen. All the best for 2021 :) Mxx

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    1. Thank you Mxx!
      I wish you a happy and healthy New Year, all the best in 2021!
      Take care, Happy Sunday! Have a great new week!

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  35. I enjoyed this post. The eagle is beautiful and the heron is amazing with his feathers all fluffed out.

    I hope your son will be well soon. Keep on staying safe.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Take care, Happy Sunday! Have a great new week!

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  36. Impressive eagle shots which I so love...and love the heron shots.

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    1. Thank you Rose!
      Take care, Happy Sunday!
      Have a great new week!

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  38. Love the Eagles..I rarely see them..There is one that comes up from the river and flies around here once in awhile..I was in my car the last time I saw it..

    Hope you had a nice Christmas..Happy Sunday..

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    1. Thank you Missy.
      I have been seeing more eagles, one on top at tower near the food store parking lot.
      They are always a treat to see. Have a great day and a happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Anni!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

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  40. Mallard ducks look so cute....
    I always see this kind of duck in our city lake.

    Happy healthy holiday

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    1. Thank you Tanza!
      Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

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  41. i gotta tell you an eagle story ... my hubby and i were out for a drive and saw an eagle eating off a deer carcass. it was so wild!! travel. well, the hubs had some end of the year time and it was not something he could just reschedule. we have a camper - i think u know that ...so u can stay pretty close to home and not interact with folks that much. i keep laughing (well u have to or u would cry) but i have not hugged my parents since March i think it is? we have been around each other, but we are not hugging, kissing or holding hands when we pray like the olden days. it is so tough, we are close family. we take all precautions, hand washing, being careful, 90% alcohol we spray on our hands when we can not be near a sink until home. just a lot of changes but it is hard to put off life when it is happening. i mean i get the need to be smart and aware. he is working from home now, i think all life changed now, his company sure has done away with most normal. oh well, u gotta fly by the seat of your pants ... just be cool with it all if u want a job??! u take care. ( ;

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    1. Thank you Beth! Your eagle sighting sounds cool, the eagles look huge on the ground.
      It is great you and your hubby are able to takes these trips. Hopefully things will return to normal soon.
      Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

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  42. Hi Eileen, the Eagle shots are awesome....it is cool to watch wildlife interact with humans...I used to visit a small pond when I visited my sister upstate and they geese and ducks there were very tame. Then a flood came and the dam broke and the pond drained and the ducks and geese left and never returned even when the pond was finally refilled. I missed them after that.

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    1. Thank you Sondra!
      It is sad that the pond was drained, the water is a big attraction for the ducks and geese.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  43. Oh, that eagle! And I love watching a heron groom itself. They really know how to use that beak!

    Happiest holidays, Eileen! Much joy to you!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie!
      I always enjoy seeing both the Eagles and the Herons.
      Have a great day!

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  44. Love those eagles and herons! Wonderful photos, Eileen! Trust you had a nice Christmas.

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    1. Thank You Ellen! Yes, we had a very nice, quiet Christmas!
      Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  45. Hi Eileen,
    great that you could photograph the sea eagle up close so beautifully.
    It is a bird that I am in awe of too.
    I don't understand why I can't link to you anymore.
    The link is placed in the line but when I press enter it is not sent and is therefore not placed. This makes me despondent.
    I think if you see a nice post with me you should link it yourself because I can't get it done since the new blogger :-(
    Greetings, Helma

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    1. Thank you Helma!
      Not sure why you are having problems linking, maybe you are missing the little check box?
      I always appreciate your visits. Have a great day!

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