Great Blue Heron
I’ve been posting a Friday Friend for quite a while now. Any creature in nature willing to cooperate qualifies as a candidate. Since this weeks WordPress Weekly Photo challenge is friends my almost weekly friends post fits right in. This week I’m posting a photo of a Blue Heron spotted on the Tuscarawas River north of Dover, Ohio. The river’s been high and muddy with all of our spring rains and this friend seemed to need a break from the extra work required to get a meal.
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Most Warblers we spot in Ohio are just passing through; south for the winter and here, north for the summer breeding season. Waterways are great places to see birds here to today gone tomorrow.
WPC – Evanescent
This pair of Bald Eagles has been faithfully using this nest for several years. Perhaps their success accounts for several nesting spots up and down the Tuscarawas River, Tuscarawas County Ohio. I usually will see a few from our house in New Philadelphia flying over the river each year.
I’ve known of this nest a little further south for awhile and finally had the opportunity under the right conditions to stop in and get a few shots. There were a dozen or so photographers set up. Their lenses could have swallowed mine and not even burped, but I found a hole through the spring tree canopy and came away with a few nice captures.
I hope you enjoy my Friday Friends.
A click on the image will enlarge the photos. Shot with Nikon D5200, Nikkor 55-300mm, f5.6, ISO 400, handheld.
A Spring Sing
Red Winged Blackbirds have been back for at least a week, singing their song and bickering back and forth in Northeast Ohio. A faithful harbinger of spring, they are a welcome sight. At the end of this day, a silhouette makes a statement too.
The odds of such a beautiful weather in Northeast Ohio today was a good start. Trail comradery matched the day as I perused the trails with many birdwatchers sharing what they had seen and where. Coming out of the woods to cross the dam of the 10 acre pond at The Wilderness Center, I spotted an unusual sight swimming with the Canada Geese. Another birder was similarly focused. Neither of us knew what we were looking at, so a little teamwork ensued. Using my camera to freeze some detail and her birdwatching app, our discovery was a Blue Goose. Or, the dark morph of the Snow Goose. It had been adopted by this flock since, according to All About Birds, it does not migrate through Ohio. Snow geese are the color of their name. So, you get the picture; it was a day Against the Odds WPC challenge of the week. O, and the birder? turns out she’s from our neighborhood. What are those odds?
Blue Morph – Snow Goose
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Along with this Tufted Titmouse, Ohioans will be enjoying some nice early spring weather this weekends. Fresh air and sunshine forecasts are always welcome. Have a great weekend!