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On Approach..

From earlier this year when I was visiting a nesting pair of bald eagles fairly often. One of the few shots I got of one coming back to the nest. The branch took it out of focus just enough.. lol
Oh well, the pose is totally worth it.

#baldeagle #eagles #wildlife #wildlifephotography #birdsofpreysunday #birdsofprey
#hqspbirds #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro​ . owned by +Nancy Dempsey​ ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
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Sandhill Crane Fly-out

I took a dawn patrol trip yesterday to see the local sandhill cranes while they are in the area for the winter. There are already a good number of them around, but more are on the way.

I thought it would be fun to try a time lapse video of the experience. This is about 30 minutes of cranes, in about 30 seconds.

The only thing lacking is audio of all the commotion.

Let me know what you think!
#SandhillCranes #Lodi #Woodbridge #birdwatching #cranes #birds #wildlife #wildlifephotography



https://youtu.be/C30nFmBgEbE

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In Case You Were Wondering...

Coots really can walk on water! Well... run and flap sort of. Often times, they never actually lift off. This is just how the move quickly from one place to another. Even more fun to see when there are many doing this at once.

#WildlifeWednesday #birds #Coots #hqspbirds #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#Canon #YoloBypass
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You Looking at Me?

I always feel so lucky when I can get just ONE flamingo in a shot, AND have it looking at the camera! lol

#Flamingo +Water Bird Wednesday #waterbird #birds #birds4all #birdsgallery #hqspbirds #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#Canon #CanonPhotography
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My What Big Eyes You Have!

A great horned owl for #BirdsOfPreySunday. This is one of the birds living at the California Raptor Center at UC Davis. The resident birds there cannot be released back into the wild due to their injuries, but ones like this help with education. They do release many birds back into the wild after they have nursed them back to health.

#BirdsOfPrey #GreatHornedOwl #birds +BIRDS #birdsgallery #birds4all #Birdsinfocus #hqspbirds #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#Canon #PhotoOfTheDay
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Watery Takeoff

This was pretty cool to watch. I'm still not quite sure how/why Momma eagle ended up in the water. She swooped down like she was about to go fishing, but ended up floating in the water for a short time. Who knew they could or would do that?

After some time floating, she simply raised her wings and lifted out of the water. Very different from water fowl, who use their feet to help get going. In one mighty flap, she was lifted out of the water.

#BaldEagle #Eagles #Birds +BIRDS #BirdsInFlight #birdphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #hqspbirds #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#birds4all #birdsgallery #Canon #PhotoOfTheDay
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Lunch Delivery!

Sometimes you really don't know what you captured until you get it on a bigger screen. I was pretty happy when I captured this, but even happier when I got it on my computer and found Dad was flying into the nest with a fish!

I've been having a lot of fun watching these eagles lately, and learning quite a lot about their behaviors. They are truly amazing birds. I'm not sure that Majestic really covers enough for them.

Just a little something for #MonochromeMonday

#birds +BIRDS #birdsgallery #birds4all #BirdsInFlight +Birds In Flight #wildlife #wildlifephotography #birdphotography #birdsofprey #BaldEagle #Eagles #LunchIsServed #hqspbirds #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
#Monochrome #MonochromePhotography #Blackandwhite #Blackandwhitephotography #hqspmonochrome #BTPMonochromePro+BTP Monochrome Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jesse Martineau
#Canon #PhotoOfTheDay
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Flamingo Reflections

Some recent fun for #WaterbirdWednesday. Reflections can be more interesting than the wildlife at times. The light was just right on the water when we got back from our jeep ride at #SafariWest. Who could resist this?

#Reflections #reflectionphotography #flamingos #waterbirds #birds +BIRDS #birdsgallery #birdphotography #birds4all #hqspbirds #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki #photooftheday #Canon +Water Bird Wednesday
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What Do You Mean It Is Only Tuesday?!

Pretty much how I'm feeling right now. How has it already been a long week? lol

This is a white-tailed kite living at the California Raptor Center at UC Davis. I love seeing them in the wild, so having an opportunity to get so close was amazing! Oddly, after seeing them in the wild, I thought they were bigger. This one may not be full grown, but they are considerably smaller than a red tailed hawk.

Truly beautiful birds. As they mature, their eyes turn red. Also one of the few birds that can do a true hover. The first time I saw one hovering while hunting, I was instantly hypnotized. I need a lot more lens to truly capture that behavior.. lol

#Whitetailedkite #raptor #birdsofprey #CaliforniaRaptorCenter #UCDavis #VetMed #wildlife #wildlifephotography #birds +Birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #hqspbirds #birdphotography #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki #Canon #photooftheday
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California Raptor Center Open House
UC Davis Vet Med

Had a great time yesterday at the California Raptor Center Open House yesterday. Started with a hawk walk, where we did see a good number of hawks. Not a lot great for photos, but always fun to see. At the end of the walk, I got VERY lucky!

I was watching a hawk in a tree, being very vocal. Turns out, she was calling to her mate. Shortly after, he showed up to take care of business! Photos to come!
The resident birds at the raptor center for one reason or another cannot be released back into the wild, but they are excellent for education.

If you have never been there, check it out! This golden eagle is one of the star residents at the center. He was injured in the Monterey, CA area, and cannot be released back into the wild due to the injuries. He makes a great raptor ambassador!

#CaliforniaRaptorCenter #GoldenEagle #Raptors #BirdsOfPrey #wildlife #birds #birdphotography #wildlifephotography #Canon #hqspbirds #BTPBirdPro+BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Lynn Wiezycki #BirdsOfPreySunday #birdsgallery #birds +Birds
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