DECORAH IOWA EAGLES ARE TAKING A NAP AND OTHER BIRD NEWS

Don’t you often wonder what wild animals do at night?  I do.  As this post is readied for publication, it is nighttime in Iowa (here too).  The webcam shows that the parent on the Decorah Eagle Nest has tucked his/her head under a wing, and the entire brood appears sound asleep.  At this moment, only the wind-flickered feathers and breathing birds show that it is a live cam.  http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles#utm_campaigne=synclickback&source=http://www.raptorresource.org/falcon_cams/decorah_eagle_xcel.html&medium=3064708Actually The webcam view is much more clear and up close than the little thumbnail below.  The techies use night-vision lighting for the camera (and us).  As the birds can’t see  infrared it doesn’t disturb them.  Win-win.   Decorah Eagles 4/7/11 05:06AM PST While you’re at the site, be sure to check out the other wonderful links.  Would you believe?  There’s even one from Australia!

(Try to put up with the adverts at the bird cams.  They help pay the expenses for our enjoyment.)

The eagle nest webcams in British Columbia currently feature a variety of downy bobble-heads.  What fun!  http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/eaglecam/index.html#content     Click “skip to main contents” and scroll down for the variety of eagle nest webcams.  Click on each photo to access the live cam.  You may also want to scroll farther and surf these other links.

Other Bird Web Cams

For owl fans:  Bonnie and Clyde and their Owltlaws http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bonnie-and-clyde-owlcam  — a new-to-me site with webcams inside and outside-the-nest-box.   (I need to practice taking screen shots to post here.  In the absence of a shot from the owl cam, here’s my sleepy barn owl again.)  a

 For hummingbird fanciers:  http://www.koskiphotography.com/hummette/page-2.html  currently shows stills from the hummingbird nest cam in Sunnyvale, California.  Hummette’s babies long ago fledged.  Remind me to check on this site next January/ February.)  Here’s one of my last summer’s shots from near Dixie, WA (this one probably a female or immature Calliope). 

(Sorry about the variable font size and colors.  Remember, I’m a newbie here, and it’s a steep learning curve.)

Saturday afternoon Cricket (long-haired Chihuahua cross) and I walked by my kids’ farm pond.  She made the delightful discovery that if she jumped down the bank almost anywhere, she could scare up a big frog.  It would go RIBBIT! and make a belly splash in the pond, and she would go running for another.

 

All that hopping around didn’t help my birdwatching.  Besides a variety of frogs, that pond has been known to host ducks, turtles, gb herons, swallows, yellow-headed & red-winged blackbirds, mosquitoes and a white pelican.  However, all I found that day were some mongrel ducks and this guy.    Some folks say that there’s no such thing as a tri-color, “they’re all redwings”.  But here he is.  Note both red and white in his wing bar.  And he wasn’t leaving (probably because his family’s nest is near) no matter how much jumping was going on.  By comparison, here’s the red-winged a couple of weeks ago at same pond. 

Driving back to College Place, I took McDonald Road  to the Walla Walla River bridge, and looked for the rumored Great Blue Heron rookery there. I thought that maybe the old snag (below) houses the rookery.   See the dark lumps?  There against that dark leafy tree, about 1/3 from left photo margin?  Use your imagination a little.  I sent the image to Tom, who has Photoshop CS5, asking him to make the birds more visible.  And HE said,Not necessary if you’re referring to those in the center.  The two birds I see aren’t herons – their shapes are wrong.  They’re shaped more like the Osprey… I think I can even see the white “cheek” of the one on the left.”

Yeah, well, he’s probably right.   On an upstream snag, perched this adult osprey with supper (I suppose for the fledglings in the big snag.) 
Unfortunately, after loading the images into the computer, I did the unmentionable/unpardonable.  I cropped hard on the only image with a good head profile.  After all the rules for getting a photograph, if it’s to be edited, DO SO ON A COPY.   Then one can go back to the original image, MAKE ANOTHER COPY, and start over if desired.   ALWAYS WORK ON A COPY!!

Blown way up, the image is very grainy … not so the actual bird.   I don’t often see an osprey and was IMPRESSED by the wingspan as this one flew toward the big snag.

(Incidentally, by comparison, the GB Heron in repose looks like this.)  There’s a fishermen’s trail toward the big snag with the Osprey fledglings, and I’d like to take Jeremy and his mom there.  (Jeremy is the home schooled 12-y-o to whom I teach Science.)  However the grass and weeds are high, and it’s rattlesnake country.  I learned early on — while in poisonous snake territory,  never walk where you can’t see your feet.

Have fun, safe birding, even if by someone else’s cameras!  Do you know?  There are mountain webcams, too.  I’m getting the urge, and one day soon we’ll check out the Mount Rainier cams and some others.  Be sure to check out my “Blogroll” in the sidebar to this blog.  It’s a growing list of interesting/ pertinent websites.

:}  Smiles

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