Wildlife, Birds, and Pets of the Mid Atlantic forum: Birds in the Mid Atlantic ~ #10 ~ October 2011

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Mar 29, 2012 9:03 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Just before sunset...
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Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
ImageWild_Rose
Mar 29, 2012 9:04 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
And last one...
Not a GBH, but a Belted Kingfisher... giving me a scolding for disturbing him.
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Mar 30, 2012 4:31 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
love the shots Karen!!!
Imagesallyg
Mar 30, 2012 8:36 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I KNEW when I saw this Thumbs up Hurray! thread pop up, it would be more awesome birds from Karen.

Thanks for sharing. I've rarely seen GBH in life. I saw footprints in the mud at a pond though- huge!.
I have Kingfisher on my bird clock- I can just hear him!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
luvsgrtdanes
Mar 30, 2012 9:35 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Spectacular Karen I tip my hat to you.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

ImageDaylilyDiva219
Mar 30, 2012 5:08 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Wonderful pictures, Karen! Thumbs up
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
ImageHollyAnnS
Apr 1, 2012 10:04 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Beautiful
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:19 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Time to share some more bird pics!

The river has been busy, busy, busy with the shad running strong right now. Lots of activity!

Start with the first catch of the season...
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ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:21 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
A few of just herons...

Which way did they go???
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Take off...
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Strike!
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ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:21 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Waiting in line... (see the heron flying in in the background?)
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ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:23 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Fish-ka-bob...
I love it when they do this... but it takes them a while to get the fish off the skewer!
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ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:26 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
This eagle was being quite the bully and opportunist!
He would sit in the trees until an Osprey caught a fish,
then he would ambush them and try to chase them down for the fish.

This one kept his fish and got away!
Osprey 1 - Eagle 0!
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ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:27 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
An evening meal for an Osprey...
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ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:30 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Took me two years to get a shot of an Osprey right before it hits the water...
And on this particular day, I caught it twice!
Their positioning as they strike is so cool to me!
Fish have no chance! (Though there are often misses.)

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ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:31 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Here, a nice catch!

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ImageWild_Rose
Apr 13, 2012 8:35 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
There is a back-story to these shots...

As I was walking down to my usual spot by the river one evening, I spotted an Osprey down in the water (see the first of the three photos below). It was literally just floating down the river with it's wings out, as you see in the photo. I thought to myself, "Oh, he's been hurt diving after a fish!" I am watching it through the camera, and it's going through my mind that this Osprey is going to drown right in front of me. Blinking All of a sudden, it started flapping and pulled itself out of the water, still holding on to this enormous fish! (see second photo below) The fish was nearly as big as the body of the Osprey. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see the tail of the fish in the tail feathers of the bird! He managed to take off, but dropped it very quickly, and then flew to this tree, where they usually sit and eat (third photo). It appeared he damaged some feathers in the struggle (also visible in the second photo). I saw him fly by twice more before I left, but he didn't try to catch another fish. Poor baby!

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One tired bird...

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ImageDaylilyDiva219
Apr 13, 2012 9:14 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Hurray! Karen, those are absolutely spectacular photos! I love that you were able to catch the osprey as it hit the water TWICE! What a wonderful place you have there for photography and just enjoying watching these beautiful birds. Thumbs up

Re: the bald eagles - I've heard from other birdwatchers that they can be quite opportunistic and will steal other birds' catches instead of getting their own. Whistling
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagesallyg
Apr 14, 2012 8:05 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
OOh I knew it would be very good when I saw this thread pop up. I didn't know it would be incredible, but it is. Karen, between great skill and great patience you capture such amazing scenes. Incredible shotS of the strike!

Can you even imagine spearing a fish once, much less doing it regularly enough to survive?

What a struggle for the osprey!

Thank you for sharing!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageHollyAnnS
Apr 14, 2012 4:09 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Karen Thank you so much for posting these beautiful pictures. I always enjoy your pictures so much.
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
luvsgrtdanes
Apr 14, 2012 5:29 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
I tip my hat to you. Karen I tip my hat to you. Always a pleasure to see your shots, each one is beautiful Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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