Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Stormy Christmas Day

this is what it looked like around here Christmas Day!  Very dark and stormy.Christmas Day Rainbow

we did have a spectacular rainbow though, just as it was getting dark.

Boxing Day 2011

today was much better…at least in the morning, so it gave me a chance to try out the camera that Santa brought me – had to kill the charge in the battery – Len’s & Shutter’s orders!

Juvenile Bald Eagle

First attempt at using the 35x zoom – I’m happy!!!! – that is hand held, no tripod no cropping.

Bald Eagle

Can’t ignore the adult Bald Eagles!

another view of the estuary

later, went for a bit of a drive along Morris Valley Road, to get a different view of the estuary…believe it or not, there is a Great Blue Heron in this picture….

Great Blue Heron

Yup!  There it is…taken from the exact same spot but with maximum zoom…again, no tripod, hand held in an idling vehicle.








Pair of Hoodies

a pair of Hooded Merganser as well….

Heron and Hoodies

This photo shows them both.

another section of the estuary

a bit further along…there was a Belted Kingfisher sitting on a tree out there…

Belted Kingfisher head on

Ok, this time, I admit, I have cropped it too.  It was so far off…it is looking straight at us.








Eagles on the shore

then drove over to Kilby.  There were quite a few eagles down on the shore right before you go over the bridge…

Juvenile and adult

zoomed in on a couple of them…

Calm Bay

very calm out on the bay….weather was getting darker by the minute!

Scaups, Buffleheads and Gulls

a lot of activity over by the railway bridge – mainly Lesser Scaup and Bufflehead

Coots too

a few American Coot as well..


and one train….

Pilings by the river

about this time I managed to kill the battery…so home to give it, it’s first full charge…by the way, the camera is a Canon Powershot SX40HS…a step up from the Canon Powershot SX20 that I love and have pretty much worn out.

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