Monday, December 31, 2012

Where Eagles Dare

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave.  So, there we were yesterday afternoon.  Zimmie and I ate our lunches, then took Mom and Dad on a nice walk.  I had settled in for my nap, when I heard the garage door open and shut.  Hmm.  I figured Mom and Zim were heading off on an adventure, so I came out to see Dad.  You know - give him my condolences on the Browns' game see how the Browns did, see if the Chiefs  had lost yet  were on yet, ask if he wanted to go outside - the basics.  Only ... it wasn't Dad in the living room, it was Zim!  Mom had taken Dad on an adventure!  You can imagine we weren't real thrilled with that, so we did what comes naturally to us at times like that -- we took naps.

Anyway, Mom and Dad were so happy when they came back!  They were all excited about what they had seen and where they'd been ... and so I thought I'd go through their pix and vids and share some with you today.  I know - it's not me and Zim, but I have to admit, they're pretty cool photos anyway.

They went to Tuttle Creek Lake/Dam/Reservoir -- only across the dam this time, over by the River Pond.  Is it me, or do they use an awful lot of names of bodies of water to describe things here in Kansas?  Anyway, these are the first guys they saw:

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Gooses, ice skating

And more gooses on the ice:

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More gooses on the ice

Mom loves geese and said she could have been happy watching them the whole time.  As you can tell from the title of this post, though, they went in search of eagles!  (You didn't think this was going to be about that old Clint Eastwood/Richard Burton movie, did you?  "Broad Sword calling Danny Boy ..."  We've all watched that a lot of times together!)  Anyway, they wanted to go here:

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Look across at the far bank, in the tree tops.  Can you see some large dark spots?  Let's zoom in!

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That's right - it's EAGLES!  Lots of them!  There are at least five in the photo above, plus one coming in for a landing!

Let's zoom in some more:

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Trio of Bald Eagles

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Aren't they magnificent?!!?  Here are some more shots!

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A pair of eagles, communing with a crow

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Eagle in flight

Mom also got some shots of an adult eagle with a juvenile one! I'll add the captions!

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"I told you to be home by 2!  And where's the bass you said you'd pick up?!?"

I mean, really.  The dad eagle doesn't look happy.

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"Your mother is not going to be happy, son."

Our dad shot a bunch of videos.  Here's one of them - you can see the eagles in the trees and see them flying.  You can even hear them talking ... but mostly you can hear our 30mph Kansas winds.




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You can get an idea of the area Mom and Dad were in.  They said something about being better that Zim and I weren't there because it was slippery, snowy, and there was tons of goose poop under foot.  Sounds great to me and Zim!  Maybe next time.

They went down the shoreline a bit to this area to shoot more pix:

DSCN4846e Shot of the trees

You can see an eagle nest over on the left-hand side!

Mom and Dad also took some pix in another location, across from an island.  There were eagles there, too, but Mom's pix were mighty blurry of them.  (Remember, she has a pretty simple camera, a Nikon CoolPix P90, and didn't have a tripod with her.)

She did get more gooses later on in their outing!

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And then she saw these guys and wanted to remember them, too:

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Mom and Dad had a great time and said they could have stayed there even longer -- but they missed us and wanted to get home.  And something about Mom wanting a hot shower to thaw her feet out.

I hope you enjoyed Mom's pix and Dad's video!  

Everyone stay safe tonight - see you next year!  Ha woo!

Luv,
Dave

18 comments:

  1. Dave, Zim & Peeps
    Awesome Pawsome re the eagles. Wow we enjoyed that.
    We wish you a happy holiday.
    We hope you have a wonderful New Years' Eve.
    At Midnight Plus 1 Second may the New Year start full of fun and joy.
    We hope 2013 will be kind to you all and may many good things come your way.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. WOAH! That's so beautiful. So glad your mom got some good shots!

    Nora

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  3. the eagles are so gorgeous!!
    Happy New Year's Eve.
    Snorts,
    Benny & Lily

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  4. Wow, awesome photos!...Happy 2013, wonderful friends=wishing you all a New Year filled with great health and lots of fun!!!...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

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  5. OH Dave and Zim.... these are AWESOME POSSUM Pics fur SURE. NEVER EVER get tired of seeing Bald Eagles. They are the most magnificent birds EVER.
    THANK YOU fur letting us see these grrrrreat pictures.

    Happy Yappy New Year to YOU TWO and your Peeps.

    PeeS..Didn't they even bring your any goose poop Snacks fur Tonight?

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  6. we were gonna say something about Zim being left behind on an adventure, but as we thought about it, figured your dad needed to get out sometimes too ;)

    BEAUTIFUL pictures! The eagles are just magnificent! The gooses are beautiful too. We are in the Pacific Flyway and love to hear them as they fly over us - we can hear them from in our house! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Happy New Year! We wish you and your folks all the best for the coming year. purrs,

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

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  7. Whoa that was incredible!! Oh I wish you and Zim could have gone. What's wrong with a little cold and goose poop? Thank you for sharing with us. It was fantastic. Have a Happy New year friends. I wish for you joy, snow, health, snow, adventures and loads of beautiful snow.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  8. wow - those eagle pictures are amazing....and ice skating gooses aren't bad either. Too bad you guys weren't invited.

    Have a happy and safe new year's eve and we are sending purrs for a joyous 2013

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  9. Hi Dave, We have Bald Eagles winter here in Colorado as well but haven't seen any yet-I just love them! We also have so many geese(and lots & lots of poop)that we are always ready for them to leave on the next leg of their journey. The next big bird we'll get is Pelicans-they come in spring each year. I'm also looking forward to seeing Grizzlys in Alaska next summer. From our home to yours, Happy New Year!
    Wags, Noreen & Hunter

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  10. OMG - how beautiful! I've seen one lone eagle before, but never that many.

    Sam

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  11. The eagles are beautiful and we're glad you shared your mom's pix Dave! We saw that some crazy or hardy soul was camping there too. Brrr! Mommy's aunt and uncle and cousins camp there every 4th of July even though they live about a mile away. That's pretty crazy too.

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  12. That is so cool!

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  13. How lucky to see so many eagles at one time. I don't think the crow was communing with the eagles rather complaining that they were hanging around their territory. Crows can be real pests to birds of prey.

    Cindy

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  14. OH yes....we all enjoyed that. The pictures of the eagles and the geese were fantastic. FANTASTIC

    Thanks for taking us along.

    Sorry you didnt get to see them in person.......

    Bert and My Vickie

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  15. What incredible pictures and video!
    We just love the gooses skating in the first one!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

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  16. Wow, that's AMAZING!! I can't believe you and Zim couldn't go, but your momma sure got some grreat pics!

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  17. OK Now Mom is really jealous! She luvluvluvs Eagles...in fact...all raptor birds! Fantasmic photos!!

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  18. Wow that is so awesome!! Typist is very jealous as she would love to see an eagle!

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