Saturday, March 14, 2015

Birding at a Conservation Area

One day this week, we loaded up the truck with binoculars, bird books, cameras, and the spotting scope and headed out to our favorite conservation area for a refreshing time together out in God's beautiful creation. The sun was shining and the temperature was warm making it perfect weather!

We had such a wonderful time together! It was so restful to just get away for a bit, to spend time together, to enjoy the beautiful day, and to see so many birds. My camera was busy during our time there! Here is some of what was captured (plus a few photos from Dad and Leah, too) . . . and be forewarned, there are a lot of photos! :)

 Dad looking through the spotting scope at Black Ducks

One of the Bald Eagle nests . . . with a pair of Eagles on it building the nest!

We set up the spotting scope, and it was amazing watching these incredible birds up so close! We put the camera attachment on the scope, attached my camera to it, and then took the below photos through the scope . . .



This one is more blurry, but I wanted to include it as it shows them working on the nest 

Seeing them was a definite highlight of the day!

Looking out across one of the pools at the ducks

A pair of Hooded Mergansers in the middle and then two Common Mergansers. I had never seen the latter before so it was really neat to be able to see them! Their colors were so striking in the sunlight.

A blurry Canvasback :) 
(with a Mallard in the back left)

Looking out across one of the pools

An immature Bald Eagle coming in for a landing

 
The same Bald Eagle after landing on the ice

Dad walking along one of the pools

A Great Blue Heron and its reflection

A bunch of Ring-Billed Gulls on the ice

And a loner :)

It was so peaceful there!

Dad and Mom looking through the scope at hundreds, if not thousands, of ducks and geese way in a back pool

Dad took this photo of them taking the below one :) . . . .

Mom and Leah


Mom and I looking out across the water (photo by Dad)

Dad was scanning the cliffs with the scope and spotted a pair of geese nesting in a hole in the rocks! Leah took this photo with her phone through the spotting scope (hence the black ring around it)

The next few photos are just scenery photos . . . I love capturing a taste of the beauty in God's creation!




It was really neat watching and listening to all of these ducks and geese! They were rather noisy. :)

Leah, Dad and Mom looking at more birds

A flock of Snow Geese flying over

Dad putting things away in preparation for heading home . . . with a flock of Snow Geese in the background.

 Leah looking for sparrows

And thus concluded our much enjoyed time at the conservation area!

6 comments:

  1. Oh wow!! I would have loved to have been there too. I love watching birds out in the wild like that but rarely get the opportunity. Those Bald Eagles were incredible! I've never seen any in person like that except for flying high above us once in a while.

    What a special and memorable day you had enjoying God's marvelous creation! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!

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  2. How wonderful to get such photos Sarah. I have never used a scope but what a difference it must make. Bald Eagles are not birds that we see here. I'm not sure if they are found further North maybe in Scotland.

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  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time Sarah. We love to get out and enjoy God's beauty as often as we can also. I Loved the Bald Eagles! I have a sister-in-law in Ark that gets the best pictures of them and really enjoy that. We have seen several this year close to where we live, but never can get a good picture. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I am sure you would have enjoyed it, Sarah! It is so fun watching birds out in the wild . . . or any animals for that matter. God's creation is so diverse and beautiful!

    It was even more incredible seeing the Bald Eagles 'in person'! I am glad you enjoyed the photos of them. We're hoping to go back to photograph them again and maybe be able to see their babies!

    You're welcome for sharing!

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  5. We were glad we were able to take the photos, Elizabeth!

    Bald Eagles are a North American bird species, though I read that they have been sited over in Europe before. It's interesting how various the bird species are around the world!

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  6. We did, Linda! That is wonderful that you enjoy times like these, too.

    How neat that your sister has been able to photograph Bald Eagles! They are such majestic and beautiful birds. We're hoping to go back and photograph these ones again and maybe see their babies, too!

    You're welcome for sharing!

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