Monday, February 20, 2012

More Eagle Photos!! YEAH!!!!!

Good Monday to you!  
It is sunny and freezing here today but that's ok cause I am so excited!!
Yesterday I went for a ride to the lake and was so bummed because there were about 20+ Bald Eagles, both adults and adolescents sitting on the ice in the middle of Lake Mac (the small lake that flows into Lake Michigan) and I didn't have my camera!!!!!  GRRRR!!!!!


Fear not!

I went out this morning with camera in hand and as I turned the corner towards the lake I could see in the distant that they were there again!! 
I was so excited I about peed my pants!
It was another gorgeous sunny morning so I went clicking away at all the wonderful wildlife that visits us each winter.
We get quite a few varieties of birds including Loons, Swans, mergansers, bufflehead and of course Bald Eagles.  I have only seen the Loons on occasion and while some of the birds stay for the summer, most head farther north away from the more populated areas. 

Anyway, here are my photos, they are a little blurry because I don't have a telephoto lens, but you get the idea. :)

These are mostly adolescent eagles just hanging out, possibly warming themselves

or waiting for some of the adults to come back

with breakfast.
It is so amazing that they feel safe to come here to breed and raise their young.
  Over the years they have increased their population quite a bit.

I spotted the adults across the channel high in the trees

and flying around looking for that perfect fish.

I also caught one even higher up in the hills.
(he is at the top of the photo)

and he was sitting above this gorgeous house/cottage.

This was my perspective, they were in the trees on the other side there.

Had to get a close up of the seagulls. :)
I love seagulls or as my mom calls them 'Jonathon Livingston'
 or rats with wings.

The swans were in close this morning so I was able to get a few photos of them as well.
 I love swans too. :)

This is Big Red and the channel that leads out to Lake Michigan.
The ducks like to hang out in there but I was getting cold and being already sick I didn't venture any further.

Mallards flying around.

There was so much activity going on it was so fun to see.
Nature is really incredible and I am so lucky to live in an area where it is only a short drive away.
I hope one day that it is right at my doorstep, I could sit on a deck or dock all day and watch everything that goes on. 

 And speaking of watching nature,
these little snots have figured out the squirrel-proof bird feeder. 

I should probable get a latch for that. :)

 Thank you for letting me indulge in more photos.
I truly love the water and all that comes with it.

I am feeling much better today, thank you for the well wishes.  
My voice is almost back and the cold is on its way out.

I hope to show you some more of my paintings that I have been doing later this week.
Until then, have a wonderful start to your week!!



Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Awesome photos - I love seeing eagles but have never seen so many at one time like that. What an opportunity. Glad you're feeling better!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Michelle, you have some of the prettiest views where you live!!! I just can't get over all the wildlife that you seem to find. We get excited when a little chipmunk runs along our fence, haha.

Have a great week!

Sarah :) said...

ABSOLUTELY beautiful Michelle. You make my heart happy, I can almost picture being there with you on your walk. Such beauty, who needs to stop and smell the roses, when you can just look at birds :) Really calmed me, and put me in a great mood.

I love your blog so much, and have been horrible at keeping up, but I redid my blog roll again, and now I have all my FAV BLOGS updated daily on there. So I can hopefully keep up better.

Have a WONDERFUL day my friend!!
Hugs, Bella :)
Bella Before and After
Euro Style Cakes.

Val said...

I love the beauty that surrounds you.

Green Willow Pond said...

Lovely pictures Michelle. We have a lot of wildlife up here too. We see bald eagles quite frequently, and some summers we have Great Blue Herrons visit our pond. Ummm...we also get tons of those rats with wings too, especially in the spring when the farmers plow the fields. They follow the tractors, gobbling up the worms they turn up.

Hope you continue to get better. We all had colds a couple weeks ago. Not fun. Have a lovely week my friend. {{hugs}}

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow, really beautiful photos, and those houses are so pretty! I've never seen that many eagles all in one spot. The most we've seen at once was 6 and they were flying overhead. So it's very cool to see them in the middle of the lake near where you live! I'm glad you are feeling better and I hope you can keep Mr. or Mrs. Squirrel from eating the rest of your birdseed. The red winged blackbirds which I thought were so pretty at first have now become a nuisance and are eating all of the birdseed we put out!

Have a wonderful day!

Kat :)

Katherine said...

Well done on your photos - what a beautiful place to live. We are lucky that there are plenty of birds to photograph where I live on the Dorset coast in England. x

At The Picket Fence said...

Beautiful pictures Michelle! You live in such a gorgeous area and I know you truly feel blessed to be able to enjoy it! :-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Michelle, you are TONS OF EAGLES THERE! We we so excited to see a rare sight the other day of ONE. LOVELY MY DEAR...but those little SNOTS are abundant in my yard. Mine are SO FAT this year it is ridiculous! There hasn't been any snow so there are binging and getting away with more than usual during winter!!! Oh how nature is amusing! ENJOY MORE AND SHARE!! Anita

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Those are amazing shots Michelle! I am in awe with how many that were there! I would have been in heaven shooting pictures in such a beautiful spot. The homes on the lake are gorgeous!
I got my post up with the eagle and osprey today and linked up to your gorgeous close up shot. Hope you don't mind!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's beginning to look like Spring! The swans are gorgeous and the eagles amazing! Beautiful photos! And thanks for your encouragement means a lot to me! ♥♥♥

erin said...

how lovely to be able to enjoy some of natures gifts!! i just love the birdies too! you are very lucky to live near a big body of water...we are land locked here in tennessee. don't worry ,i believe that cold fresh air is good for you and helps to keep you works for me anyway.


Love that cheeky squirrel hehe.
We dont have any here in NZ !

gpc said...

Wow, the motherlode! I saw two eagles -- or maybe I saw one eagle twice -- circling here in Saginaw last week. I have never seen them so close to the city before and I don't know whether that's because it was unusual or because I just hadn't looked. Either way, amazing!

michele said...

happy monday to you, eagle eye!

your photography is such a charming mix of lovely.


beachcomber said...

lovely to see your wildlife! the birds must love all those trees. love the houses on the lakefront and the cute squirrel.

Deb said...

Wow's really beautiful in your backyard...lucky girl! Hope you feel better soon! ~Deb~

Al said...

Love your wonderful photos. Those eagles are truly amazing. As for the squirrels, I won't even go there. I've had my own issues with them... enough said. Have a great rest of your week. -Allison

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You have some beautiful pics many eagles in one pic...LOVE IT!!!


Rose West said...

Such beautiful birds... they must be so much fun to discover and watch. I'm glad you're feeling better, and I hope you get back to 100% soon :) Thanks so much for sharing all your photos! I love seeing new places :)

Tricia said...

Wow, I can't get over that big flock of eagles. I always thought of them as being kind of a solitary animal. You sure got some great shots. It looks so pretty there. Good look with your squirrel issue...those things sure are stinkers, aren't they?! :)

Debbie said...

Wonderful photos, Michelle! You are so blessed to live so close to the big lake. Lake Michigan is my favorite!!
I'm anxious for the ice to melt off the canal, so the Eagles can feed off the fish again. Although watching the coyotes, fox, and deer run down the frozen canal is always a treat this time of year.
Glad to hear you are feeling better, dearie.

Ral @ARTbyRT Seascapes and Island Life said...

These are all terrific, I love your birds too! Aloha Raliegh

A Cottage Muse said...

Thank you Michelle...I feel like I just went on a nature walk on a beautiful day!

Deborah said...

Michelle this really is amazing!
Wow, I can't get over how many there are!
My husband said he saw one the other day while he was ice-fishing...and the strange thing is that we've never seen them in these parts..ever!
What a treat!
Glad to hear you're on the mend sweetie!
Love & hugs!!!

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxooxox

Finding Home said...

How great - thanks for sharing. Glad you are feeling better - hope you are on the full mend soon.

Take care, Laura

Ann said...

Those are really wonderful photos Michelle. I love looking at them, they give me a feeling of tranquil bliss. Keeping on getting those fabulous shots.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

How amazing to have this kind of wildlife so near to where you live. You lucky girl!! Squirrels are about our lot - oh, and our cats!!


Debra from Bungalow said...

It always feels so good when we get to see some beautiful animals. My daughter sent me pictures of eagles on her property in upstate NY.

You got some great shots! It sure is beautiful where you live.

Martina said...

So wonderful these photos Michelle - seeing eagles is big! I saw one only once in turkey - and i felt so happy!

trumatter said...

Oh my God! Eagles and seagulls and swans and squirrel! Michelle I envy you. Such a beautiful morning it would have been.

I love squirrels you know. Please let them eat...they are cute :)Please don't put a latch. Pleaseeee.

My US trip is long pending and it seems like I just have to now. I need to get near this lake.

Beautiful photos Michelle. It just made my day.

Saby said...

Wow Michelle these photos are a-maz-ing! It's so nice to see and just be part of nature like that. Those houses & docks by the beach are just so cute too! Hope you are enjoying our warm cold them warm again spring :).

An Island Mom said...

My daughter's been pestering me to get pictures of eagles for her for weeks now, and I hardly see any around! I don't know what started that kick with her, but literally we drive around the island and she looks out the window and gets excited whenever she thinks (emphasis on thinks) she spots an eagle's nest. I'll have to show her these! :)

Hope you feel better soon!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

There's something so majestic about eagles. I love the shot of Big Red.

Excalibur said...

I love your crafts.


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