Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Radio Controlled

Frustrated that I had missed Monday's exciting action of Eagles, Peregrines, Harriers and Goshawks I wandered over to Great Meadows,Tuesday morning hoping that maybe one or two of these may make a return visit.

The eagle was perched in the tree at the near end of the Cross Dike Trail. Unfortunately he was on the wrong side of the tree for good photos. He flushed when a walker arrived and flew down the river.

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Far across the lower impoundment this harrier was cruising. At first I thought it had a radio antenna attached, but looking at the photographs more closely, I believe it is a stick. These are extreme crops, so you can reach your own conclusion.

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While standing on the deck in the freezing cold (where was that sun they were predicting) with fellow observers I took a few shots to entertain myself.

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This coot appears to have some cattail reed fluff frozen to his beak. Funny how coots would rather walk 1/2 across an impoundment rather than fly for 10 seconds.

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Lotus pod on the ice

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The eagle returned and perched in one of the pines near the maintenance barn. Later something on the ice caught his attention before flying away.