Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tranquil Tuesday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie, here with more photos to help you relax!  Let's take a look at the beautiful birds and serene scenery from Mom's most recent birding venture at Tuttle Creek State Park!

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:

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Here's a Juvenile Bald Eagle:

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They also saw tiny birdies like this duo:

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An Eastern Bluebird and a little Finch

Here's a shot of just the Bluebird:

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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!

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Here is a Hooded Merganser:

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With as cold as it was, you'd think he'd put his hood up!

Here is a male Common Merganser swimming along ...

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... being photo-bombed by a female!

In another part of the park, they saw these Mallards swimming past a Great Blue Heron:

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"Howdy, guys!  Ma'am!"
"How's the fishing over here?"

Mom also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker:

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"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:

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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:

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... AND this cute little Coot!

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American 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?!?

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"Heeeeere, fishy, fishy, fishy!!!"

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We hope you enjoyed this break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas.  Remember to take time to relax!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Cammie!

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.

6 comments:

  1. YoW. Just. YoW! the Bald Eagle - beautiful pictures! One of our mom's favorite birds is the Cedar Waxwing. What a gorgeous picture also! Their feathers just don't look real. Our mom has recently visited some near by wildlife refuges with Wriggley. They saw squillions of Coots but never out of the water. Love their feets, mol! oh, and suddenly our mom wants a better camera...

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

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  2. If we didn't know you lived in KS we'd think you lived in Alaska with all those bald eagles! Your mom's photos are beautiful!

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  3. The bald eagle is amazing and coot made us chuckle as I love to chase them. Great shots mum.
    Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. We love all of the pictures but the first two of the Eagle are just incredible! What a handsome birdie!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  5. What a fantastic place your mom has found to do some birding. I'm envious of the Bald Eagle pictures the most.

    Cindy

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  6. What wonderful birdies!!

    We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

    Merry Christmas Smileys!!
    Dory, Jakey, Bilbo and Arty

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