Friday, February 25, 2011

Chasing the eagles

Well, decided to hang around the quickly disappearing ice in the inlet where I've been seeing a few eagles before all the ice breaks up. Had a few great days the last week with about 3-8 eagles regularly visiting for about 11/2hours every day. Only have about 1 more week before the ice all disappears. The nikon d90 seems to work well as does the sigma 150-500. I also spent 2 days with my 70-200 f2.8. Really liked it when the eagles came in extra close. Here are a few close shots taken with the 70-200.
passing by

coming in for a meal

Monday, February 14, 2011

Little Girl

Well, the weather has been terrible the past week with huge amounts of snow and wind so sitings were almost nil except for a female northern harrier who has been hanging around in the swamp following the sparrows. Finally got out for a drive Saturday so I went to check on my honey hole for merganser. There were about 8-10 in the hole so I got a few shots. 1 female refused to leave the hole even after the rest flew off as the cars passed by. Took a few shots of her. As I was leaving, a fellow photographer was passing through so I waved her over to get a few shot of her own. Here are a few shots of the female posing.

posing for the camera

young female common merganser

Monday, February 7, 2011

stormy visitor

Yesterday we had a big wind and a rain/snow mix storm. With all the weather a few songbirds hung around the feed attracting a female juvenile northern harrier hawk in the morning. All of the wind gave a few chances to get a shot of her. Finally got lucky before sunset and got a few pictures of her playing in all the wind. Hopefully she'll be back tomorrow. I already put more feed out to keep the birds around.

young female soaring 

coming in to check me out
still looking for a meal

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Birds in the cold

Successful outings would be the words of the week! Just back from a few days of shooting in Sydney. Started off the mornings shooting waterfowls then, by midday, went chasing bald eagles and finished off the afternoons at the bird feeders shooting song birds.
Not much ice so the ducks were scattered around but, with a few decoys, managed to get a few photos. The bird feeders started off slow but, with the snow falls, really picked up. As for the eagles, have to really thank another photographer, Larry Kelly of Sydney as well as Wayne Gouthro; 2 great guys with great stories who are very welcoming and willing to share their spot where we see 5 eagles regularly (sometimes more). Got lots of photos and had lots of laughs in between rushes of birds.
Here are a few of the photos from the outings.
few mallards passing by

female red breasted merganser 
male goldeneye



golden finches


bald eagle checking us out

pair eagles soaring
eagle coming over train tracks