Friday, June 5, 2009

Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagle

Do you find Great Blue Herons to be an interesting bird? If so, I've got a spot for you to visit. This is just across the Ohio River from Evansville. I'll put a google maps link below.

There are six or seven herons in this picture. I went to this spot because of a newspaper article reporting a bald eagle's nest here. I couldn't locate the eagles but you couldn't miss the herons.

It was a good excuse to try out Margot's new lens. It is a Sigma 120 to 400 zoom. Takes good pictures but it is really big and heavy. The wading birds must have been 700 ft away. The birds in the cypress trees were about 1000 ft away judging be the scale on the map.

How many can you count in the picture above? I got about 17. Click to enlarge. To the right is another group nearby. Must have been at least 100.

Went back to the slough on Friday afternoon to look for the eagles. Couldn't find them. Hung out and took some other pictures. It was a nicer day. Didn't see it until we got home and put the pictures on the screen. Take a look in the lower right hand corner.

Here is a Red-Winged Blackbird.

A turtle catching some rays.

We left and came back in the early evening about 7:00. The light was nicer and we took some more pictures. An older couple pulled up with their binoculars and lawn chairs. They pointed us to the eagle nest. We were looking in the right place but just couldn't pick it out.

However, the eagles weren't really cooperating. This is the best I could do.

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The pictures were taken looking north from about the "W" in Wolf Hills Rd.

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