A Warm Windy Winter Day In Western Kentucky

Spent most of the day outdoors with an hour break for lunch. In the morning a short visit to the river to watch the American White Pelicans. Lots of activity there. The pelicans expend a lot of energy capturing food. I read yesterday that it takes 150 pounds of food to raise a pelican chick. Long waiting times at the eagles nest to catch a swap out on the eggs. In the morning it was about a 2 and a half wait. The eagle on the nest got up once and circled around for about five minutes as if waiting for relief. There was another adult possible the mate circling way high soaring with the buzzards. When the eagle came in to make the swap out on the eggs it came down rather then in. I suspect it was the same one that was soaring up high.

Went back after lunch and it was about the same amount of time before the swap out. This time the eagle brought in a stick. Flew out again and got another stick to add to the nest before settling down on the eggs.

I came back later in the afternoon having found little action at the river and waited another hour or so and left about a half hour before dark. So I don’t know if they swapped out again for the night or not. Went home tired and leg weary from a lot of standing. A good feeling after a long days work…

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Today’s Flashback Photo “Red Breasted Merganser” female

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2 Responses to A Warm Windy Winter Day In Western Kentucky

  1. It is work, too! I don’t think people realize how much work actually goes into nature photography but a lot of times I come home wiped out too.
    It’s almost always worth it as I see your day was. Those are excellent shots of the eagles and heron. Judging by their feathers I’d say there was a good strong wind blowing.

    • Grampy says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      Enjoyed your post on Keene. Interesting walk through history. I thought you would understand how some days it is work to capture the wonders. Thank You and yes it was a strong steady wind.

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