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« Post / Reply #780 on: December 18, 2017, 10:44:39 PM »

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« Post / Reply #781 on: January 08, 2018, 08:01:27 PM »

Was able to get out to a lake that many eagles hang out during the winter.  There seems to be enough movement in the water to keep it from freezing solid.  The temperature was still cold but nothing like last weekend when it was in the minus column.  The only problem was there was no sun,  just a light gray sky.  I was still not going to let that keep me from my adventure to find some eagles and other birds.  I arrived at the hydro plant where the water doesn't freeze and right in front of the plant was an eagle sitting on a poll watching for the fish to come through the power generators.   The fish get a bit stunned and come to the surface and the eagles then swoop in for a meal.

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« Post / Reply #782 on: January 08, 2018, 09:01:40 PM »

The day was cloudy but managed to get a few pictures of the eagles that were perching in the trees around the lake and hydro canal. 


great take off


their look is intense





think we got each side covered now

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« Post / Reply #783 on: January 08, 2018, 09:25:20 PM »

Another day at the lake,  blue sky and lots warmer out but the eagles were way out on the ice.  Was able to watch lots of common mergansers enjoying the little bit of open water.


see if you can find the common goldeneye in the midst of the mergansers


the mergansers got a fish up on the ice but it was too big to swallow


they would fly in and then get up on the ice and stand or lay down for a bit before getting back in the water


I just like this photo,  landing gear down.....


I finally got a belted kingfisher that was not far away and blurry.  I could hear the chatter from her and finally found her
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« Post / Reply #784 on: January 08, 2018, 11:02:14 PM »

Great photos, Deb! I think the mergansers  (Hoodies) are one of my very favorite birds - we rarely see the Common Mergansers here in Massachusetts, tho. 
And the eagle!

Please tell me the name of the lake where the hydro plant is (I am making a list and a map for March ...)
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« Post / Reply #785 on: January 14, 2018, 06:03:46 PM »

Today was a Hike along the river after we had a little snowfall last night.  The temperature got to freezing, which was awesome (I actually over dressed and was sweating).  No one had been out so I was able to find lots of interesting footprints in the snow.  




Little critters tunnel under the snow and into the hole.  Vole


Little paws.  Raccoon


Deer


Hop, Hop Hop.  Rabbit


I did not see what bird this was
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« Post / Reply #786 on: January 14, 2018, 06:31:44 PM »

The Platte River was almost totally frozen, just a little open water.




someone photo bombed the river pic  big grin


a little mouse ran across the path ( think the other is big foot)  lol


another tunnel made by a vole
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« Post / Reply #787 on: January 14, 2018, 07:10:04 PM »


A fun post!
Thanks so much Deb!
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« Post / Reply #788 on: January 15, 2018, 12:26:12 AM »

Nice to see the tracks and IDs, Deb!   Very interesting.

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« Post / Reply #789 on: January 15, 2018, 05:10:33 AM »

Ditto what Toger said  smile
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« Post / Reply #790 on: January 15, 2018, 07:40:01 AM »

informative and funny  lol
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« Post / Reply #791 on: January 17, 2018, 10:47:11 PM »

After many days of really cold temps this little fella came to visit the feeder today.  I noticed that his fur was not looking very good.  Got the camera and took a few pictures through the door and sure enough he doesn't  have  a nice full coat.  So I went and added some more treats to the feeder and had an apple that I cut up for him.  Right away he came back and picked up the apple and started enjoying the apple.  Hope he comes back and I can put out some more special items for him that will help his fur grow back.  Rehab situation again.

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« Post / Reply #792 on: January 18, 2018, 05:47:47 AM »

Yay Deb   smile good on you!   
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« Post / Reply #793 on: January 18, 2018, 11:52:15 PM »

Rehab can be done in many places!  I'm glad you saw him, Deb.    love
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« Post / Reply #794 on: January 25, 2018, 09:07:12 PM »

Having bird feeders in the back yard you expect to feed the birds, right.........  I was not expecting a bird to be food for a hawk.  I just happen to look out my back door and there on the patio was this sharp-shinned hawk with a starling in its talons.  He seemed to be squeezing it with his talons till it was deceased, (it looked like it was doing CPR on it, oh dear).  He then took off with the bird in its talons and I wonder if he will be visiting again,  eek!



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