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Friday, November 27, 2015

Saturday's Critters

Our weather has been absolutely gorgeous - sunny and brilliantly clear - and COLD.  This kind of weather is perfect for taking photos. So off we go on jaunts around the countryside.
First - a Bald Eagle high in a tree above its nest, even though nesting season is far away

 Next - a Redtail Hawk - sitting patiently atop a power pole

 This hawk landed in a  brush pile near a bird feeder.  I think it is a Cooper's Hawk
 I was lucky that it was in a small opening in the brush pile
 It then flew up into a tree but there were too many small branches to get a clear photo
 In a green field, a Great Blue Heron
 And nearby, Trumpeter Swans.  We are seeing many more flocks of them this year than in the past years.  This small group was chattering in the field
 Two flew off over a nearby barn
 It was definitely cold.  Many of the harvested corn fields still have water from the recent flooding and it was still frozen in many areas at mid-day
 This family didn't mind the cold - one was grubbing about for something to eat - making a sound like a waterfall in the mud and water - the other standing watch
 Two parents - two young swans

As the swan got out of the water I said, "Flap your wings please" - and so he did.  It was a grand day.


Small City Scenes said...

Looks like we are all into Eagles this year. LOL
Nice shots.

Margaret Adamson said...

A wonderful selection of birds today. Have a lovely weekend.

Joyful said...

Beautiful captures! Have a wonderful weekend.

eileeninmd said...

What a great collection of birds. I love the eagles, hawk and the beautiful swans. Wonderful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful collection of birds. I love them all, the eagles, hawk and the beautiful swans.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!


Looks like a Cooper's Hawk to me!!
Absolutely gorgeous images of the eagle!!!

As are all your bird photos...stunning, JoAnn.

Christian Weiß said...

great photo, I like the Trumpeter Swans.

EG CameraGirl said...

Nice to see so many healthy birds!

Snap said...

Looks like a marvelous day! Eagles, hawks, the wonderful swans ... Lucky you!

Gayle said...

Great Photos! Love the flapper.

Maggie said...

Absolutely brilliant as always. Love them all.

Rose said...

Oh, gee, I think I need to come visit your neck of the woods....and I really would if I could.

Cath said...

great pics.....I love the one of the Heron and also the swans flying towards the barn....a really lovely scenic shot.

Powell River Books said...

Love that last shot. It sure is bird season. - Margy

Kay said...

Great variety of birds! Nice to see them all!
It's been so cold here we have areas that are getting increasingly frozen. Rain's forecast next week so it should get a little warmer.

Veronica Roth said...

I just love your bird photos Jo. So beautiful. The eagles are beautiful to watch this time of the year, aren't they? And the swans! I love the swans too. Here they're in the fields en mass. :D

Carla said...

Great photos. My husband called from the farm and said a bald eagle flew out of the pecan tree as he opened the gate. He couldn't get his phone out fast enough to capture a picture.
I hope it comes back when I go to the farm.