Golden Eagle

When we moved to our present home 14 months ago, I learned that a migrant Golden Eagle was often seen soaring in our area during the winter.  I was always on the look-out; but by Spring 2022, I never scored a sighting.

The Golden Eagles have returned, with one being reported near me a few times in the past several weeks.  You can bet I’ve had my eye to the sky ever since!

Couple days ago heading home from errands through that approximate area, I saw a very large, dark bird soaring with Turkey Vultures that ‘looked different’.

Could it be??? 

I quickly pulled over and was out of my car in a flash with my binoculars and camera.

Yes!!!!  

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Golden Eagle – lifer #291/photographed lifer #271

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Before I shared this, I had my ID confirmed by three pro-birders.  I wanted to be sure!

Thank you for letting me share my excitement!  🤗💃😊

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Raptors Perched in Trees

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Simple post, seven species of raptors perched in trees, taking a break!

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Bald Eagle (immature)

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Bald Eagle (adult)

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Turkey Vulture

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Black Vulture

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Red-shouldered Hawk (immature)

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Cooper’s Hawk

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Bald Eagle

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And for the last one, I’m slipping a raptor in from last August, one who’s hopefully enjoying warm, sunny days in South America right now!

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Osprey (juvenile)

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Happy Thanksgiving 2022

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends!

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Wild Turkey
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Rock Hall, Maryland

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An Autumn Peek at Eastern Neck NWR

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Here’s a few more recent autumn photos at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

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Tubby Cove Boardwalk with sun rising behind me and a full moon setting

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Tubby Cove platform at sunrise

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Another angle of the platform and duck blind at sunrise

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From the above platform on a cloudy November 12th, both myself and others were lucky to see the first-of-the-season Tundra Swans.

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Tundra Swans at a distance
(my shot 500mm above, see cropped shot below)

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There they are, welcome back, Tundra Swans!

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Butterfly Trail

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Overlooking marshes

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Headquarters Pond – heavily laden with duck weed

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Tubby Cove Trail

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Overlooking the mouth of the Chester River and out to the Chesapeake Bay

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Dramatic skies on a chilly, breezy day at the refuge

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Boxes Point Trail

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This next photo is not mine but gives you a full aerial view of the 2,285 acres of Eastern Neck NWR.

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Aerial view of Eastern Neck NWR
Entrance is over the bridge at bottom left onto the island that boasts 9 miles of roads & trails
Photo credit – Will Parson

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And finally, always a welcomed sight when arriving at the refuge, the raptor who lives year-round there and helps manage it, the Bald Eagle.

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Bald Eagle

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I hope you enjoyed a few more autumn scenes from one of my favorite places to explore!

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Foggy Autumn Morning

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All was quiet a recent foggy autumn morning at Shipyard Creek Landing.

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Eagle Goes Fishing

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Out on the Chester River, we stopped to watch a Bald Eagle overhead.  It was circling, searching the waters for fish.

It didn’t take long, the Eagle quickly went into a dive.

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Bald Eagle takes a sharp turn when spotting fish

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Shooting down in high-speed

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Slowing down….where’d they go?

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I see them again!

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I then lost the focus but got one more lucky shot as the eagle departed the water.

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Success with a mere appetizer

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I am sure this Eagle was soon back to fishing as that tiny fish couldn’t have satisfied for long!

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1-2-3 Cute As Can Be – #24

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Hang onto your seat ‘cuz you’ve got lots of adorable autumn cuties to cruise through!

Hopefully I am sharing one of your favorites.  (Mine is the last photograph…..😉)

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Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Neck NWR

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Carolina Chickadee
My backyard

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Tufted Titmouse
My backyard

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Carolina Wren
My backyard

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White-breasted Nuthatch
My backyard

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Red-breasted Nuthatch
My backyard

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House Finch (male)
My backyard

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White-crowned Sparrow (dark-lored)
Eastern Neck NWR

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White-throated Sparrow
My backyard

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Swamp Sparrow
My backyard

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Song Sparrow
Eastern Neck NWR

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Dark-eyed Junco (also a sparrow)
Eastern Neck NWR

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Magnolia Warbler
My backyard

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Black-throated Green Warbler
My backyard

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Palm Warbler
Eastern Neck NWR

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Common Yellowthroat (also a warbler)
Eastern Neck NWR

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Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Neck NWR

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This past Wednesday, I captured this next warbler who’s late passing through our area heading south to the Caribbean for the winter.  Even eBird flagged it rare now.  I had such a wonderful encounter with this cutie beauty that it gets a two-shot slot!  🙂

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Cape May Warbler
Eastern Neck NWR

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Cape May Warbler
Eastern Neck NWR

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And finally, my last photo to share, one more cute little peep!  The most adorable of them all!!  🥰

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Me and my new Grandson #4!

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Peregrine Falcon

 

In my last post, I shared an autumn photo taken from the dock at Bogles Wharf at Eastern Neck NWR.  It is one of many locations I visit 3-4 times a week at the refuge to look for my birds.

Just two days ago, I slowly pulled into an empty Bogles Wharf parking lot around 7:45 a.m.  It was cloudy, windy, and 46°F (7°C).

To my startling surprise, I spotted a gorgeous Peregrine Falcon perched at the far end of the dock. 

I slowly pulled up alongside the dock and photographed from my car while I can still hear myself saying, “please don’t fly, please don’t fly”

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Peregrine Falcon

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Preening, fluffing, and just looking around, not worried about me.  I shot off quite a few shots, then waited for any action. 

A second surprise!  The falcon showed me he was banded.

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“See?  I have bands on both legs!”

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The right leg’s silver band should have a 9-digit federal number on it, but I could not obtain but two numbers with heavy processing.  I have a clean shot of the left leg’s black/green band that shows 61CD.  I’ve reported the sighting and supplied photos.  Hopefully, I will hear back with info on who and where this falcon is from.

After ten minutes, I was ready to give up on action, when a truck came barreling into the parking lot and pulled up right behind me.  Ignoring the truck, I was ready for the falcon’s anticipated take-off.

The falcon went from fluffed up and adorable to sleek and powerful. 

Wings were flapping! 

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But no take-off.  Wow, I was very surprised.  The truck turned around and left.

The falcon went back to it’s original fluffy pose.  ‘Cuz it was chilly, you know!

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I could see the raptor was back to comfortable, wanting some peace and rest. 

As I slowly pulled away, I watched the falcon watch me leave.  Sweet!  From start to finish, my best encounter ever of this raptor!

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Autumn at Eastern Neck NWR

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Autumn has finally arrived on Maryland’s eastern shore….

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Bogles Wharf dock, overlooking Durdin Creek
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

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Bogles Wharf parking lot

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Vote

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To my U.S. friends, make sure you cast your votes in Tuesday’s elections!

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Bald Eagle
Eastern Neck NWR

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