Saturday I traveled to Green Island Wildlife Reserve to meet my friend Andreas Exner. I had not been to Green Island for many months so I was anxious to see what had changed since the last time I was there. I also was hoping for some migrating wildlife to photograph. After visiting with Andreas for a while he said he didn’t expect there to be any migrating wildlife this day and he was correct.
The little guy above was in our back yard carrying grass with his brother to their nest. I captured this image before heading to Green Island. I was lucky to catch him in this “flying” position. 🙂
These are not great eagle shots. The eagles were pretty far away on the ice so I had to crop the images so you could see them better. Since I rarely print my images I do not mind cropping from time to time. I know many photographers consider cropping a sin, but I’m all about getting the best image I can and if that means cropping so be it.
I like this series of images because for me capturing the eagle making the catch is the sweet spot. Even though we were pretty far away from the eagles my heart rate always accelerates when I’m anywhere near eagles. 🙂
We didn’t find anything at Green Island so Andreas suggested we drive further south to Sabula. There is a wonderful lake at Sabula and usually this time of year there are lots of eagles on the ice and in the trees. As we traveled across the bridge there were probably 20 -30 eagles sitting on the ice but nowhere to park or no way to get close to them. So we continued to the park area where there was a better photo opportunity albeit fewer eagles.
I’ll leave you with this image of some ring-billed gulls enjoying the sun, sleeping and grooming. It was a nice day and certainly fun to shoot with Andreas again. We share the same passion for photography.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
I know I said yesterday that I have eagle images and I do, way more than I can show because you would get tired of seeing them before I ran out. It was a banner day at Sabula. I also enjoy photographing Ring-Billed Gulls. There are lots of them at Green Island and Sabula. Actually they are everywhere around our area but I never get tired of photographing them as frequent readers of this blog know.
The first two images were made at Green Island. There were several gulls there but not nearly as many as there were at Sabula. I don’t ever remember seeing as many gulls in one place since I’ve been photographing them.
This guy wrestled with this minnow for sometime before finally abandoning it. Of course as soon as he dropped it another gull was there to repeat the entire process and this went on for as long as we were there to watch.
All images were shot with the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens, which is rapidly becoming my favorite lens. One of the photography blogs I follow is written by Photographer Leanne Cole from Melbourne Australia. She does amazing work and I enjoy reading about her photography. She is also a teacher of fine art. Anyway she recently tried out the Tamron 150 – 600 lens by taking it to the zoo and photographing the animals.
I thought what a great way to try out a lens and put it through its paces before making a decision to purchase. I’ll have to remember that the next time. 🙂
That’s all I have for you today. Enjoy your day. Drink responsibly and be careful please.
Lots to show you today with mostly eagles involved. The image above is the continuation of my story about the eagle taking a bath in the river (which I photographed Saturday.) The middle image of that post (yesterday) shows him staring at himself in the water. This was the next thing he did, completely immersed his head in the water.
What goes in of course must come out. It was at this point I still thought he was fishing a new way that I have not seen before. Nope, just washing his head feathers. 🙂
Imagine him shaking his head in slow motion with the water flying all around. Okay that’s probably a stretch. Anyway it was great fun watching him play in the water and grooming himself. He then flew over to a dead tree sticking out of the water and groomed his feathers.
Jeanne and I went to Green Island wetlands yesterday. My good friend Andreas had said there were Sandhill Cranes there and in fact he had captured many images of them on Friday.
It’s a long drive from where we live but for an opportunity to photograph Sandhill Cranes it’s worth the investment. We arrived at Green Island with great anticipation, unfortunately we found no Cranes. We weren’t too sad however as there were a large number of eagles in the area and lots of geese. Jeanne never gets tired of watching geese.
So we drove all over the marsh and then decided since we were this close we would drive further down to Sabula. We were not disappointed. There were lots of eagles. Most of which were too far out on the ice to get a lens on but just seeing that large number of eagles did my heart good.
For me the first Robin of the year has always been a sure sign that Spring was finally here. We saw our first Robin of the year yesterday so that was a great feeling.
Lots more images to look through and process. I hope you like eagles because that’s what I’m going to have this week. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.