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Bird Watching: My first real outing

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:21 PM

Post #3100543

since May 2005 back surgery and then Hurricane Katrina wiping us all out. Was getting cabin fever with the gray gloom and drizzle so decided I would go to the sewage treatment plant where there are all kinds of shorebirds and ducks. Grrrrrrrr the gates were locked so I headed down to town and the beaches. Wow it is still so lifeless out there. It is so hard not to see 1000's of gulls everywhere. Didn't see any Black Skimmers at all. I did make a few good finds then headed to the harbor my most favorite place to get pics. I am pleased over all at my outing but is still so sad to have lost so much wildlife that has yet to show signs of a good recovery
American Oystercatchers was very please to see 5 on Front Beach in Ocean Springs

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:22 PM

Post #3100550

Spotted Sandpiper was being a pain and wouldn't be still for 2 seconds to get a good shot

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:23 PM

Post #3100556

a group of Cormorants and a Pelican

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:24 PM

Post #3100562

Willets are always around

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:26 PM

Post #3100565

on to the Outer harbor. Nothing in the outer Harbor but this Pelican. Did see a few flying around but not the huge amounts usually found here in winter lining the shores

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:28 PM

Post #3100569

on to the Inner Harbor my favorite place
Saw a few Common Loons a winter Migrant

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:29 PM

Post #3100573

only one Red-breasted Merganser a male no females to be seen anywhere and only saw 2 male for the entire outing. not good but they are also a winter Migrant

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:30 PM

Post #3100574

Horned Grebes were seen in better numbers than I have seen before

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:30 PM

Post #3100577

Pied-billed Grebes were also in good numbers

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:31 PM

Post #3100580

the ever present Belted Kingfishers along all our waterways

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:32 PM

Post #3100581

Double-crested Cormorant were in good numbers

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:33 PM

Post #3100586

a Loon and the Merganser out in the Harbor

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:34 PM

Post #3100589

was able to pish up this Yellow-rumped Warbler for a nice shot

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:34 PM

Post #3100591

this pesky Mockingbird chased off my warbler

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:38 PM

Post #3100605

on to Gulf Islands National Seashore park. Was pretty dead. I sat and waited a few minutes and saw a few Herons and then my dream happened. I saw 5 pair of Hooded Mergansers. they were to far off to get a good pic but it made my day.

On to Gulf park Estates pier and 1/4 mile from my old home. Got this lovely Eastern Phoebe that posed and posed for me very close

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:39 PM

Post #3100609

a good number of all the Herons/Egrets. Had Great Whites, Great Blues, Tricolor, and Snowys

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:41 PM

Post #3100615

ending my day in the most perfect way. these hooded mergansers came out from somewhere in the bayou ditch on the edge of the road. Ever tried to drive chasing a fast swimming duck and not run off in the bayou lol

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2007
6:42 PM

Post #3100619

another shot. Wish I had been parked and they came by. Could have gotten great shots being that close to them.
A perfect ending to a dreary day

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 19, 2007
6:42 PM

Post #3100620

Looks like you did have a good day of birding. Sounds like you've been through some really rough times and I hope things are looking up for you. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 19, 2007
7:00 PM

Post #3100674

Great pics Donna!! I just love the Belted Kingfishers!! Their all lovely. Thanks so much for sharing this great variety with us.
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 19, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #3100849

Donna,

Great photos! Esp. loved the Brown Pelican shot! Sounds like a good day birding.

Thanks for sharing your day and pics.

Marilyn
hem_iamy
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2007
9:06 PM

Post #3101069

Ditto on the Pelican pic! :) What fun~

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


January 19, 2007
11:40 PM

Post #3101546

I loved them all too but the Pelican shot was just grand! Thanks for sharing your great day though I had my doubts when you said your were going to the sewage treatment plant . LOL Donna! Glad you are feeling better No doubt about it, you are a survivor.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2007
11:49 PM

Post #3101567

I can't relate to many of the water fowl, but they are definately great pictures!
fly_girl
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2007
12:01 AM

Post #3101596

Great pics Donna!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2007
3:15 PM

Post #3103180

Donna, I am so glad that you had a nice outing. The pictures are great but naturally, I am drawn to the waterfowl...especially, the Hoodies ;o)

Thanks for sharing,
ducky
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2007
5:59 PM

Post #3103680

I have to say the Hoodies or Bufflehead are very pretty, but then so are the Northern Shovelers that are at the Sewage Treatment plant. Going to have to get out there again to see if they are open.
Thanks everyone for the nice comments. It was a very nice outing for me
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 21, 2007
2:26 AM

Post #3105063

DonnaB, Thanks so much for sharing your outing with us. And for taking the time to post and tell where you were and what you saw. Glad you are feeling better. There is no way I can post any pictures of water birds now, all is frozen over and covered with snow, so am glad to share your photos.

I too am feeling much better after it seemed like I spent most of the summer after May 1, either in hosp. or recovering at home, so didn't get to take many wildlife photos. Today I did go to Omak and remembered to take my camera, and wonder of wonders it was our warmest day in two weeks, 33 degrees and the sun was shining. There is a spot about half way, 10 or 12 miles where the DOT puts the road kill remains over the bank for the birds. There were 6 bald eagles when I drove up, all but two, 1 mature and one juvenile flew away. I took a few pictures and then of course my camera battery died. I will see if any of the pictures are worth posting.

Donna S
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 21, 2007
2:37 AM

Post #3105092

There are two eagle photos, both taken through very dirty car window. the first is of a mature eagle sitting on the edge of the bank where the road kill is tossed. I didn't dare try to get any closer and was afraid they would fly if I got out of the car.

Donnas

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 21, 2007
2:43 AM

Post #3105104

This is the juvenile, no white head feathers. It is just as large as the mature one so probably 3 to 4 years old. Sorry they aren't any sharper.

DonnaS

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 21, 2007
3:04 AM

Post #3105155

Donna B, I can't even imagine what you have been through and what is would be like to have the bird population down so far. But it sounds like things are beginning to look up - thank you so very much for sharing with us all. Your variety is incredible and you took some marvelous photos!

Donna S, grand eagle photos!!! How far away were you?

Both Donnas - glad you are both feeling better!!!!!!!!!!! Hope this year brings you better health and great picture taking opportunities.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 21, 2007
3:22 AM

Post #3105195

Wow, cool eagle pics DonnaS!!
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2007
2:43 PM

Post #3110189

I was probably 150 feet away, maybe further. They perch on the tele. poles to watch. There are also lots of crows and magpies. Wanted to get a photo of one while fly over but couldn't get it in focus.

DonnaS
MzMunchken
Crestview, FL
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2007
4:57 PM

Post #3114193

as usual.. stunning photos Donna.. glad you got out..
birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2007
6:32 PM

Post #3114490

Donna great pictures , bet Ya was a good day for You there. Rutholive to be able to make such close snap shots of the Bold Eagle was exiting , ha?

I can`t get them from so close ever yet...thou I see them fly by, from time to time over my neighborhood. A year ago my husband and I , we went to the ZOO , here in Portland , and they do have wild bird show there, so the only close up of the Bold Eagle I have is from That day. The Zoo stuff release `s the Eagle from the post far behind and he /she fly`s over people `s heads, while they sitting on the grass between the post and the women on the podium there. The Eagle was flying so close and love above my head I could feel the air breeze. They told us to duck , when Eagle flays. Was amazing to be there, such a magnificent bird. I will try to post some pics from that show.

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birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2007
6:35 PM

Post #3114507

this one is from father away , when Eagle is just starting its flight

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birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2007
6:39 PM

Post #3114523

and the pics lack some quality to it , but Gosh...Bold Eagle from up close and personal...lol

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birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2007
6:41 PM

Post #3114532

and one more

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birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2007
6:44 PM

Post #3114547

We could actually see women loosing her balance , when Eagle was sitting on her arm and trying change his/her position

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 23, 2007
6:47 PM

Post #3114559

Awesome pics Donna and Birdcrazy
birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2007
6:49 PM

Post #3114567

Okey the last one

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2007
2:02 AM

Post #3115894

Wow!!! Absolutely stunning - and I think the photography was super. What a thrill!
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2007
2:45 PM

Post #3117120

birdscrazy, great closeup photos of the eagle. when I was in Alaska on tour a few years ago we went to a place where they were rehabilitating an eagle, and they did mention that when the eagles are ready they are sent to somewhere in lower 48 to be released but I forget where. Was very interesting to see them so close.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


January 25, 2007
7:51 AM

Post #3120113

That is so exciting!

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