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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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.