Friday, February 27, 2015

Eagle Update

Of the two American Bald Eagles found dying from poison at the Marion County Landfill in Ocala Florida one has recovered and been released somewhere far away from the 'dump' and the other has died.
 I would much rather be driving along and spot an Eagle's nest and stop and get some pictures.  That is exactly what happened on the road near Lake Weir, in Florida when I was there.
 The traffic was such that I could not get more than this, but was blessed to see an Eagle tending to its nest.

To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done

Thursday, February 5, 2015

You Saw Eagles WHERE??

While visiting my brother in Ocala, Florida... We took a ride past the Marion County Landfill or the 'Dump" as everyone calls it. At first sight this is what I saw:
 
Hundreds of birds swooping down and back up.   You would think most of these would be Vultures.. now wouldn't you?

Look closely... see the white heads and tails. 
Yep..American Bald Eagles




 I found this an unusual place to see them, but stands to reason they have to eat too... and there is no work involved in going to the 'dump' right?
 There were mature ones, with all white heads and tails and then some immature or juveniles too.  Like the one above.

Look closely and you will also Seagulls mixed in with the other birds.

An Eagle does not get its all white head and tail until about 4 or 5 years old.  So if there is a dusting of brown in the white you know they are still as young as 2 to 3 yrs. old



It was fascinating seeing all these birds congregating together above the landfill.  There were a lot of smaller birds there too but I was unable to ID them.


 
 A Vulture swoops over the heads of two Juvenile Eagles.

 
Today my brother sent me this report concerning the 'dump' or Marion County Landfill
You will read what is happening to these Bald Eagles and other birds now.
 
 
 
To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PA Elk in the Rut

I have found that September is the best time to go to Benezett to see large Bull Elk and hear them bugle and chase cows.  This year was not a disappointment.
Early morning usually gives way to a lot of fog, and I got this picture  as soon as I arrived in the field behind the visitor's center.

As the day progressed more and more Elk made their way into the open where I could get pictures.
  Some you just got to see their antlers above a bed of yellow

Others were searching for apples
When we stopped for lunch we saw two whitetail fawns in a yard by the restaurant... what's for lunch?  Why, of course, Elk burgers!

The highlight of our day was when we happened on to this very large bull with two cows.  This is the largest rack I have seen so far at Benezett
He dug at the ground with his horns and then just walked over and laid down 

A very long 'elk jam' of cars lined up along the road to watch this bull but he didn't seem to care about any of us out there snapping pictures and ooooing and awwwwing

We saw lots of other Bulls in our travels up and down the roads
Whether I am far away or close up I see the Bulls  herding the cows into their harems and looking for a fight with a rival bull. 
A beautiful sunset on Winslow Hill
 Dusk is gathering and we have to go home but we will return again to watch these magnificent animals.

To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elk Calves in July

I usually reserve my visits to Elk Country until  early fall when the  bulls are bugling, but wanted to make a trip mid summer to see if I could see any new calves. 
 The scenery is always very nice to photograph here at Benezett 
The first capture was not an elk but Turkeys that are always somewhere around the visitors center or out in the fields
This encounter was not an elk either, but I loved this picture of another photographer I would guess who was looking for the same thing I was....elk
 Also not an elk but a bird of interest on the high tension wire on the way to the visitors center.  Cooper Hawk
Finally I did get to see a cow with a calf..but at a distance
Then a few more came out of the woods
 

 While taking an icecream break we were sitting and looking on the power line 
looked like a few cows and atleast one calf 
While watching the elk we saw a White tail fawn run across behind the elk.

A cow munching on greens close to the road
We also did see a couple of Bull elk but they were back in the woods with many sticks and trees to contend with...no clear shots here.
A little better shot
 Towards evening we saw a bull feeding with some cows near the edge of the woods
My favorite picture which I almost missed on the way out of Benezette was this one.

To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done

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