A Variety of Birds This Week
What a busy week with that thing called life! But I tried to not let that stop me from finding a few minutes with my camera here and there on either my balcony or enroute to work, just finding time to sit still to compose was the difficult part. 😉 But I’m glad I kept snapping, I hope you enjoy what turned out to be a nice variety of birds for me this past week. 🙂
Eagles, both adult and immature, are very active in the skies now, it’s quite enjoyable! It’s easy to see one or two early in the morning at sunrise, soaring high in the sky. I even watched the two CBEC resident bald eagles chase away another pair that had ventured over from Kent Island. There wasn’t any aggressiveness, but the resident pair just continued to stay behind the other pair, forcing them back to their own territory, before turning around and head back to theirs. Here’s a shot of an immature eagle heading towards the sunset Monday evening.
As previous posts, we continued to have rafts of migratory ducks hanging in the late afternoon/early evenings directly out behind our osprey nest, must be some darn good feeding out there!
A couple evenings we even had a raft of American coots. The second evening, the raft was huge, the largest I’d ever seen of coots.
Each morning there is song in the air to announce that spring is here! The land birds are up and going about their business. It’s not so easy to catch them in the act of singing though, without getting a lot of blurriness. Got one!
Each morning, I also checked out the little marshy tidal pond by Lippincott Marina’s entrance next to our community’s entrance to see if the Great blue heron was still visiting that spot as I previously posted. He was there every morning. I stopped twice and the first time, I didn’t get but a couple photos before a truck passed him leaving the marina, scaring him into flight.
He was always positioned with his back to the sunrise. 🙂 But finally, I spotted him facing it and stopped. He was very cordial giving me several nice shots, before finally giving me a straight-on look to tell me to get on my way. I obliged!
Just pass that little tidal pond, there’s another marshy inlet a bit further down that I’ve stopped many times to photograph waterfowl. Tuesday morning a Great blue heron was there as well. He was actively fishing so I stopped. His turned his back to me before I was ready so I took only a few photos to leave him be. Thought this one was cute with his stance, focusing on a moving target, his head lit up by the rising sun.
I can’t forget the mallards who still come to feed at the berm. Another bottoms-up shot, I like how their bright orange legs always give a nice contrast to their bodies.
I had to work yesterday but planned on stopping for anything that looked interesting in the sunlight. Sky sightings were abundant but not too much just hanging around in the trees. Finally came upon a turkey vulture that was just too perfect not to stop and photograph. He obliged, while preening his feathers.
Another chance came with a hawk. He was busy searching the ground for movement and maybe breakfast!
With the warmer days/evenings, the sunsets haven’t been as spectacular as those cold winter ones. But I did like this one from March 3rd. A sunset can change so fast in just a matter of minutes. There are only 3 minutes difference between the two shots.
I’d taken several photos of the full moon this past week, but didn’t think any were as pretty than this morning’s partial moon before sunrise.
And now onto the osprey! I am getting pretty darn excited on the anticipated arrival of our osprey, Oliver and Olivia. 🙂 Should be any day now to see our Olivia! Usually the female returns first, she retakes back her nest from the winter’s visitors and any other arrived osprey that are looking at hers for a new or first home. Then she will guard it and wait until her partner returns. Then the pair will work together to repair and rebuild their home. I had hoped Olivia would return today since I was around all day, but no sightings. 😦 But I’ve been reading reports that osprey sightings are occurring around the Chesapeake Bay; last week one was reported being seen in Easton, Maryland, just a hop, skip & jump from us!
I’m also excited to announce I’ve registered our Oyster Cove osprey nest to be a part of a program called Project OspreyWatch, through the Center for Conservation Biology in Williamsburg, Virgina. Here is an excerpt from their website….
The Center for Conservation Biology has launched Project OspreyWatch, a project created to engage a global community to collect data on breeding osprey. Linked by an interest in osprey and a concern for the health of the aquatic environments on which they rely, this community will for the first time provide a global perspective on this charismatic species. The mission of Project OspreyWatch is to bring citizen scientists together in order to collect information on a large enough spatial scale to be useful in addressing three of the most pressing issues facing aquatic ecosystems including global climate change, depletion of fish stocks, and environmental contaminants.
OspreyWatch is a user-friendly, internet platform that allows observers across the globe to map their nests, log observations, upload photos, and interact within an observer forum. Information entered into the platform will be immediately accessible to users and will be summarized following the breeding season. To join a growing community of global citizens, please visit http://www.osprey-watch.org and become an OspreyWatcher.
So if you have an osprey nest in your area that you regularly watch, think about joining this program and be a part of this research of a global community of osprey watchers. As of today, there are 324 registered watchers watching 443 osprey nests from around the world. Join today!
And with that I’ll end. I’m hoping my next post is a photo of Olivia so stay tuned!