Had lunch with a couple of my dear Friends yesterday in Maquoketa and on the way back I had to go by the Duck Pond. Found this guy and lots of his friends there as well.
There were two eagles at the pond as well. A mature and a juvenile. The mature eagle was circling the pond at a pretty high altitude. I couldn’t get a sharp image of him. The juvenile was sitting on top of a dead tree but for some reason the auto focus locked on the tree and not the bird. I have a lot of blurry shots of him.
I did get these two double-crested cormorants however.
I took the foot trail up to the blind to get a better angle on the eagle but he flew so I grabbed some close-ups of the pelicans. There was quite a large gathering of them at the pond!
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I’ll finish up my Green Island shoot with the last four images today.
It wasn’t my best day at Green Island, but anytime I can come home with some images on my card it is a good day.
I couldn’t get any closer to the Sandhill Cranes then this. My friend Andreas says that this is a normal feeding patter for them. Some will keep watch while the others forage for food.
A little further down the canal I found this lone crane standing on a mound. Don’t know what he was doing but he let me take a bunch of images and never offered to move. 🙂
I was photographing the Northern Shoveler in the foreground when the other guy came in for a landing. He is not in focus but I liked the way he stirred up the water.
Finally I found these guys hanging around perched on a dead tree. They let me get very closed before taking off. I don’t normally like to disturb wildlife if I can keep from it but I had to drive past their tree to get out of the wetlands.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have four images today. After early church yesterday, Jeanne and I took a photo run down to the river. We saw a couple of eagles sitting high in the trees but none were fishing at the dam. The steam was rising for a far as the eye could see with a lot of open water mixed with ice below the dam. I have never seen this much steam rising from the river.
We didn’t find anything of interest at the dam so we drove up to Mud Lake Park. I enjoy going up there and have occasionally be rewarded with some great images. We saw this pair of eagle watching the river from a fallen tree. It’s not tack sharp but I thought it worthy of the post.
I think most of the wildlife was hunkered down as the static temperature was -11 and the windchill was somewhere around -25 degrees. I know that when I got out of the car to compose and take a photograph my face started hurting by the time I got back in the car.
I saw this little sparrow sitting in the tree and wanted to make an image of him so I didn’t come home with an empty card. 🙂
On the way home found this guy sitting in the tree. I figured he would fly when I stopped the car and got out but he didn’t. He tolerated me while I fired off some images. He stayed there the entire time and when we left he was still there.
That’s it for today. Still -4 but supposed to warm up to a balmy 15 degrees today. I have my final post op check up late this afternoon and hopefully he will tell me I can resume my normal routine. I’m tired of trying to sleep with that shield on. 🙂
Enjoy your day, stay warm and be careful.
Sorry more eagle images for your today. I am just enamored with eagles. Unfortunately for me I have some appointments in Dubuque tomorrow so I won’t be going back to Lock & Dam 14. It’s also like (for me) how can I top last Friday?
So I’m going to have to find other things to photograph this weekend. 🙂
Not much babble today. Lots to do before I leave for work.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have a potpourri of images for you today from my Friday shoot at Lock and Dam #14. If you read yesterday’s post you will remember it was a cloudy, windy, and cold day with only three eagles in the area. So when things are slow you look for anything that you can photograph. There were several flocks of geese flying over and landing throughout my stay there. Lots of coots and ducks as well.
This young couple and their dog walked across the observation platform and across to where the eagle tree is. The photographers get nervous when people (especially with dogs) do that as it tends to scare the eagles off and they don’t come back for sometime. Since there was only one eagle in the tree at the time they walked over there and it really didn’t matter. They stopped well short of the tree and so the eagle tolerated them. 🙂
As most of you who follow this blog are aware I am a self proclaimed gear head. I love photography gear almost as much as photography itself. One of the things you see at Lock & Dam #14 is a lot of very cool and expensive lenses. This guy was standing about 10 feet from me and even though it is a Cannon lens it is a thing of beauty. 🙂
I thought I was going to be able to photograph this guy fishing but what ever it was that brought him this close to the water must have dived because he never came close to catching anything and returned to his tree.
You will remember me lamenting yesterday that since the sun was shinning on Saturday the photographers would be shoulder to shoulder. Well interestingly here they are. My friend Steve and Becki went to the Lock and Dam on Saturday and Becki took this image of the crowd. She then sent to me. So the image above was taken by my friend Becki Kenton and it shows just how crowded it gets at Lock and Dam #14 when the weather cooperates.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I decided to take a different route home last evening hoping to find some more harvest scenes. The contest deadline I want to enter is rapidly approaching and I haven’t found what I’m looking for.
I didn’t find any harvest scenes so I decide to shoot some fall foliage. I’m not thrilled with the images I have for you today but they are what I have.
So while shooting trees I came across this guy sitting in the top of a pine tree. I did a turn around and found a place to park. I was trying to be stealthy but of course that’s hard for me. Once I got close he took off. This image is a little soft as the light was quickly setting and I really didn’t have the camera set up for an eagle shot. When I get a chance to capture an eagle in flight or just sitting I’m going to take it no matter. 🙂
I went to a ribbon cutting yesterday afternoon at a local care center in Maquoketa. The manager is a good friend of mine and we have been on several projects and boards together. They added a new section to their facility to take care of people transitioning from the hospital to their home. It is really a nice enhancement and the care center is well run by my friend.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your mid-week hump day. I’ll do my best to get the Halloween House images and video processed for you tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Happy Thursday ~ 365
I only have one image for you today but it is one of my best from the last couple of outings at the Basin. If you have followed this blog for very long you know of my love and interest in eagles. I could watch and photograph them every day and not get tired of it.
Yesterday I had a great experience. Over the years I have worked with many company representatives, some of whom did a good job and others, well not so good. One of my favorite representative, Bryan got promoted up the corporate ladder and I haven’t seen him in over a year. He is one of those guys that you can tell has a vision of life and a passion for doing things the right way and I always felt he helped inspire me to do better work.
Last week he called and wanted to know if I could have lunch with him. So yesterday we had lunch and spent about 70 minutes just catching up on what each of us has been doing. I am so happy for him and his new role in his company. You can just tell by listening to him and watching the way he works that this is not a job for him it is his way of living. He is a marathoner, well-rounded athlete, and a great family man. It was pure pleasure to visit with him again.
Later in the afternoon I went to DeWitt to visit another friend of mine, Mick. Mick was in a terrible accident a few months ago, which left him paralyzed from his waist down. He is back in the hospital since January and has to have more surgery and other procedures done and will spend another month or two in the hospital. Through it all he has had an optimistic outlook and has retained his sense of humor. As I talked with him and listened to what he has already endured and what he as yet to endure it reminded me of a saying that goes… Write down your biggest problem or obstacle and pin it to a wall. Ask 20 people to do the same and the odds are you’ll take your problems back over the others on the wall.
So a really great day. I got to share a small part of the lives of two great people and I am much better off today as a result of it.
Thank you for checking out the blog today. I hope you have a great day. Be careful