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Oh, the turkeys are still loitering around (waiting for hunting season, I guess), but we had another interesting backyard birdie this morning.
I saw it come up out of the trees down the hill from us; figured it was probably a turkey vulture (we get those sometimes). As it started to gain altitude, I realized it warnt' no vulture :-)
By the time I grabbed the camera (which was close by, since I'd been taking turkey photos!), it had already moved a fair ways "downrange", so the photos, unfortunately, ain't great.
Still, even I could ID this particular backyard birdie species.
You probably can, too, even from my fuzzy photos.
getting even these shots must be a PIA. Good timing with camera on - hand!
Maybe setup with the longest glass you got, (rental?) and wait the bird out some early AM or whenever the frequent flier miles get updated.
you'll get even better results with more ambitious preparation.
Not to denegrate your shots as I see 'em.
Too much is never enough
They nest about 100 feet from the front door of my cabin in a big white pine, and I can tell you for certain that they're lousy neighbors. The eaglets start raising cain at about 4:30 AM, especially after they get as big as mom, and mom is tired of feeding them.
Spring has arrived! - that is clearly a robin.
Very nice shots!
But hopefully with the eagles making such a tremendous comeback, someday I'll get the chance. In the meantime, thanks for the great pictures!
All these turkey and bald eagle pictures out of the blue. Say, you're not the reincarnation of Benjamin Franklin, are you?
Franklin was quoted as having preferred the wild turkey on our National Seal, instead of the bald eagle. I understand, because I used to prefer a bit of Wild Turkey myself, way back when.
"For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison [to the bald eagle] a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America. He is besides, tho' a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."
Which is a sea-eagle, IIRC.
We have a lasting family group of our big eagle on the Mt Taylor < 500 yards from us.
Wedge Tail Eagles. They've been in occupation for quite a few generations. and regularly soar on the thermals, looking for carrion / live prey.
On occasion the paired couples have play dog-fights. Which are full of all the things WWII fighter pilots did. Spectacular!
Blanket or small tarp, and binoculars, lose a whole morning!
Note that I didn't write the page linked below! ;-)
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We see them here in Wisconsin quite regularly too. What great pics. I do believe they are making a comeback.
in the post-DDT world.
They were rare indeed in New England when we moved to MA in the early 1990s. Now they're widespread and common in many places.
There are a bunch of them along the Connecticut River (NH/VT boundary). The river's not far from us (maybe a mile or so as the crow, or eagle, flies) but this is the first time we've had one hanging around our yard any thing like regularly (two days in a row).
Mrs. H noticed we haven't seen any of the other local raptors lately (we usually have a nice array of hawks of various kinds) -- perhaps they didn't want to deal with the big kahuna stealin' their prey!
all the best,
We have a bunch of mating pairs here in Greensboro, NC. They are all over NC which is a big change from 20 years ago.
"(maybe a mile or so as the crow, or eagle, flies)"
Or as the turkey flies. Turkeys are well-known to migrate as much as 3,000 miles before being shot by mhardy.
all the best,
Which begs the question: But would you eat one? (Obviously, not all by yourself.)
Sorry, had to ask!
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