Monday, February 28, 2011

Seagulls?... A Spring Time Robin... Mergansers... Oh, and an Eagle

Went to the Monocacy Aqueduct for a walk on the C&O Canal and found there were hundreds of seagulls feeding out on the Potomac River just above the mouth of the Monocacy River. Maybe not such a big deal, I just haven't seen seagulls in the numbers like this before at the Aqueduct.

Again, not a big deal but to me robins identify the coming of spring. I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring.

The Common Merganser, a real treat to see and observe. There were two pair, an active pair and a sedate pair.

I'm turning on to Lily Pons Road, headed toward Lily Pons Water Gardens. And there he is, a beautiful bald eagle. He is flying low and I'm trying to roll my window down and stop the truck. Fortunately for me he landed in a tree. Unfortunately it was about 300 yards away. I had to take a couple of shots.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Driveway Goshawk

A few days ago I was going down my driveway and right in front of me, windshield height, zoomed this bird. It took me a few moments but finally I saw it perched about 30 yards out. He gave me a few moments time with him and then he was off. This goshawk is one of three different species I have been fortunate to see in my neighborhood. The others are a pair of red tail hawks and a red shouldered hawk.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Cann't Help It... More Buzzards

When opportunities present themselves I try take advantage. The other day a road kill was an attractive and tempting meal for our natural clean-up crew. As I slowed the truck down to a stop all the buzzards took off. One decided to come back, he became my star of the day. The other photos, a raven and some icy pond pics.