Mom went with our friend Beth and her very handsome Border Collies. They were able to get very, very close to some Bald Eagles! Take a look at these shots:
Here's a Juvenile Bald Eagle:
They also saw tiny birdies like this duo:
|An Eastern Bluebird and a little Finch
Here's a shot of just the Bluebird:
He was all puffed up, trying to keep warm!
As I mentioned, Seamus and Moss got to go! Here is Moss on the trail along the river!
Here is a Hooded Merganser:
With as cold as it was, you'd think he'd put his hood up!
Here is a male Common Merganser swimming along ...
... being photo-bombed by a female!
In another part of the park, they saw these Mallards swimming past a Great Blue Heron:
|"Howdy, guys! Ma'am!"
"How's the fishing over here?"
Mom also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker:
|"Please! No pictures!"
She said he must be part Siberian. Ha roowooroo! (She saw her first one recently, when she was out photographing Cedar Waxwings! You can see it at this link.)
There were also a lot of Canada Geese hanging out:
|Ice-skating goose, joining his friends
Behind the geese, you can see some American White Pelicans, and some ducks of some sort mixed in back there.
There was another Bald Eagle over near where the geese were:
... AND this cute little Coot!
Do you like his feet? Mom always thought they were a type of duck, but Beth taught her something new -- they're actually related to the Sandhill Crane, not ducks! Isn't that amazing?!?
|"Heeeeere, fishy, fishy, fishy!!!"
We hope you enjoyed this break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Remember to take time to relax!
Merry Christmas Eve!
PS: If you'd like to see a TON more Bald Eagle photos and more from Mom's birding trip, please click here to see our set on Flickr.