Welcome to May everybody! I mentioned this in my last post, but this year is sailing by. Good news, Brad has successfully returned home from his field assignment. Sounds like our quest for the incredibly elusive Ptarmigan will continue on. I wanted to start getting a few of the pending posts popped off his growing queue – word is there might be another batch coming soon. The weather took a turn for the cold this weekend and decided to go with one that fit the chilly temps. Put your mittens and hats on folks and brace yourselves for the cold Mighty Mississippi winds.
…take it away Brad…
I think most people remember the first time they saw a bald eagle in the wild. I know I certainly do. The story was featured right here on Wildlife Intrigued in an article called Yellowstone Feathers and Fur. At the time I thought I would probably never see another bald eagle in the wild so I absorbed as much of that opportunity as I could. Little did I know I’d be able to fill a couple of memory cards the next time I saw a bald eagle. Or see dozens of them in the same place. There have been a few stories about bald eagles on Wildlife Intrigued over the years. I suppose this one was also influenced by Brian in a way. He tells me that the photos are important, but the story about them is often more important. Even if a photo is worth a thousand words, it’s still nice to read the words. That’s why I thought I’d try this one on for size. By the way, I like to have music playing in the background when I write stories. Guess which song was shuffled while I was writing? The answer is at the end. (No peeking ahead of time)
Hit the jump to read more about Brad and Terry’s fishin’ adventure!
For starters, I now have two new unexpected benefits of the pandemic today. Ever have one of those situations when the perfect song comes on, your toes start tapping seemingly without your brain prompting it and all of a sudden you find yourself singing along OUT LOUD? Once you come to your senses, you start looking around and notice pairs of eyes staring at you, judging you, finding you wanting. Sheepishly you look away hoping your fifty shades of red don’t show up on the Internet. Guess what, as long as the music and ambient sounds are above your vocal cord vibrations – let it rip – no one will know what is going on behind that mask – quite liberating if you ask me. Oh, and the other side effect is you are no longer required to force a smile for selfies. Just keep your eyes open and send the Kilroy impersonation to all your messaging friends.
Now for a quick apology. In the last post I alluded to a two parter for the Eagle shot progression. Turns out, I should have referred to it as a three parter. Decided not to burn up your image cache and hold back a series for another day. Hope you like our national bird as you will be getting your fill of them for sure.
Continuing on from the last post, I was commenting on the number of standard Eagle shots I’ve collected over the years. Overwhelming to be honest, but I enjoy these mighty creatures and find myself snapping away whenever we encounter them. In the last post I showcased the more traditional shots.
Hit the jump to see some more offerings from the Eagle folder.
Howdy folks. Feeling a bit of sadness at the moment for our exploration is entering its last leg as we begin our return. As a welcome home gift, Mother Nature has decided to throw a blizzard in our honor – we might be able to outlast it depending on our return path, but will not be holding our breaths – Midwest states have a way of making sure you never forget you chose to live in a four season state. The good news is the trip was very successful and bringing back tins full of 2021 fodder… err ’22.. hmm ’23 ugh. In truth, it isn’t really the snaps that I’ll remember the most, rather the great people I had the chance to meet along the way. There is something about the birding community that is truly special – always friendly, always willing to share and always eager to help on an ID or provide timely education. Gives you a feeling of hope as we’ve met people from all over the US that understand what it means to be courteous, kind and well, for lack of a better term, civilized. I’ll go into more details on the great people we met as the new trip posts roll out. Until then, wanted to get to a topic I’ve been delaying for a while.
Our great country’s national bird, the American Bald Eagle. Truly in the upper echelon of what I classify as majestic birds. They literally demand your reverence when they are around. Calm, cool, collected and strong all wrapped in a feathered shell capable of deadly force.
Hey, we made it to another year in spite of Nostradamus. A few quick edits a new edition through the press and they will be good for at least another year of doomsday prophecy. I hope everyone had a safe and fun Eve and kept the roads dry for the safety of others. It is another year and true to my previous summary, I am going to continue with this little side project for sometime longer. Keeping with my new goals (it is still early in the resolution season), today’s topic is more graphic. Actually, it was so graphic the post was broken into two parts. Unfortunately, the second part has some images of graphic violence but I think they you will still like them unless you are from PETA and don’t understand that violence in nature exists every day – hunter vs. prey has been around since the world decided plants taste like crap.
On the first day of 2009, I bring you America’s Pride:
While Linda and I were in Davenport, IA over the holidays, we stopped down at the Bettendorf locks to snap a few shots of these majestic birds. Every winter they migrate down (think that is right) to the Quad Cities area to feed off the Mississippi River. It is absolutely stunning to witness these birds first hand and not have to look at an injured one through glass or chicken wire. It is obvious they know they are at the top of the flighted foodchain. Here is a view from the side that gives a better perspective of the weapon that obviously demands respect wherever they roam.
Since I have a lot of pictures today, I’ll go ahead and let you follow the jump to see the rest of them instead of overwhelming my home page.