Backyard: A Red-tailed Hawk Visits – TWICE

This Afternoon, (12/20/19) – Our Backyard


Below, …a little over a week earlier, this impressive hawk (that had been perched on the same branch as above,) was spooked (by me!) into moving a bit deeper into the trees.DSC_0284 2 DSC_0282

Last image above: Probably about two years old, hawk-eye started acting silly, like any two year old, and in seconds, flew away.  Thirteen days later he returned, as captured  in the first two pictures at the top. 

Thanks to Disperser Tracks for catching my initial error in ID’s this as an Eagle. Live and learn! M 😦

Thanks for viewing and you can zoom in for a closer look. Comments are always welcome.  M 🙂

The “Line Up” – Starlings With Nothing Better To Do

“Hey Oscar! Look over there… I think they’re planning a ‘LINE-UP’!”
“Yeah! Tell the gang!”

Minutes Later…

“Whooo… Here they come from all over!” as Oscar and Felix excitedly head to the pole.  Line-Up! Line-Up!

Felix: “We’ll direct from up here!” Then, shouting to the incoming Starlings: “Be courteous and make room!”

 

“Get your spacing, mind your neighbor…”

 

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Oscar, looking down: “You two go over there and fill in the spaces!”

 

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At left, Oscar is summarizing to Felix after the event:  “Not bad old friend! Almost perfect!”

Images were taken 9/16/18. Thanks for viewing and click on or finger stretch to zoom in. Comments are always welcome. M 🙂

Perspectives: The Lighthouse and the Osprey

Osprey Nest and Barnegat Lighthouse a few minutes before sunset last night, as seen from newly opened Berkeley Island Park on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.

The Ospreys in this unusually tall nest are about a mile away (1.6km); while the lighthouse is about seven miles (12.5 km) further.

Thanks for viewing. Click on or “finger stretch” for a closer view. As always, comments are welcomed M 🙂

Outside Our Window as the Rain Fell Lightly

 “Cedar Waxwings” in a feeding frenzy, are seen thru the glass of our kitchen window today. Their colorful wing tips are remarkable, and they love berries… in this case from our Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus Virginian.)

From the rainy New Jersey Shore – thanks for viewing, click-on or finger-stretch for a closer look and comments are always welcome. M 🙂

 Snowy White Egrets – This Morning’s Mini Post

A few quick images from this morning on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

6:31 AM, muted sunshine. “Here I come. Fishies, look out!!!”

Thirty seconds later…”Walking along, my merry way… Doo de doo!”
 

6:54 AM, clouds over sun. “This is my ‘stalking’ pose…reeaddy to POUNCE!!!”

 Five seconds later… “Yahheeiahhh!” 
 

As usual, thanks for viewing, Comments are demanded…sorry, I mean always welcomed. Click on images for closer view. M 🙂

 

 

Before Summer Goes…. A Look-Back at the Beginning

Island Beach State Park, New Jersey – June 22, 2015

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6:57 AM: Walking barefoot along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Morning, in an area accessed by the “Fisherman’s Walk.” 

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A few feet away and seconds later, this polished gem looks like a stylized hovercraft from “Star Wars.”

“Fisherman’s Walk” offers an exceptional experience,  traversing a quarter mile (~400 m) of native fauna and wind-swept dunes between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

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6:59 AM: The sand holds near infinite treasures.

And the early morning anglers compete with the Osprey and other sea birds to feed themselves, their waiting offspring and maybe even “bragging rights.”

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For an overview of Tices Shoal, the gateway to this beautiful area, see “Summer at the Jersey Shore,” posted July, 2014 at this link. 

ALSO, (if I may strongly suggest,) for a far better daily view into the wonders of the “Tide Line,” please check out Maggie Beck’s enthralling site, Tide Line Still Life. 

As Usual, Thanks for Viewing, click on images for a larger view, and comments are always welcome. M 🙂