Change Is Hard

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Eagle search part 2

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Before we were so beautifully interrupted by the cardinal seige, I was conteplating the continuation of an eagle search. I’d already been to the Great Lakes National Cemetary where I’d seen, from far away, the resident eagle and his nest. But it was still early and a beautiful day, maybe another eagle was waiting to be discovered at my favorite park.

What is this, you ask?

Should I go look for it? Well of course I should.

So after some more mental arguing about other things I could be doing, mostly involving housework, I jumped back in the car and headed south to Kensington where eagles had been sighted at the heron rookery.

“Don’t bug me lady, some nice people left me some lunch and I’m hungry!”

Not that I thought I’d be so lucky to find one there in the early afternoon. But it’s my favorite park and how could I go wrong, I knew I’d find something!

“I don’t know why you people get so excited over an eagle. I’ve got much better colors.”

I took my time driving through the park, pulled up leisurely in a parking spot at the nature center. Even sat there awhile and looked at the eagle pictures I already had in my camera.

Then I looked up and spotted a big bump in the top of a tree. And me quite a ways away, with the wrong lens on the camera. Talk about unprepared.

“Geeze lady, an experienced photographer pays better attention to the details!”

I hustled over there, stopped at the first bench on the boardwalk and switched my lens, hoping he’d stick around long enough for me to get a shot, even if it wasn’t optimum.

“Ahem. Were you looking for ME?”

He did. And he watched me the whole time too.

“You do realize your camera is focused on the branches, not me…right?”

And apparently, when I took too long, he decided he’d had enough and he flew away…

“I’m outta here.”

…way over to a dead tree on the other side of the lake. With his back to those of us still photographing from the boardwalk.

“There’s more privacy over here and the light is better anyway.”

I stayed and talked with another photographer while we waited to see where he’d go next. We hoped he’d come back to the rookery, but he decided to take a trip over to the back side of the lake where he was a tiny spot in the sky, lazily circling, checking out lunch prospects.

Hey lady! Pay attention! I’m being especially adorable down here!”

So I walked a bit on the trails, but they were covered in slippery ice and I was wearing old sneakers, so I didn’t stay long. I did manage to get some shots of some other, very cute, birds while I was there, and I’m sharing most of them here.

“People overlook us doves all the time, their loss, I always say.”

But..wait…did I show you the blue jays? Or the swans? No? Well, you have to see those. I guess another birdy type post is in order.

You can’t see too many birds…right?

Right.

“I did my head feathers special for this photo shoot too…darn people always want to take pictures of the big birds…”

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

20 thoughts on “Eagle search part 2

  1. You wouldn’t be wearing sneakers here, your toes would frozen. Great shots, as always.

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  2. Great pictures, once again! thank you.

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  3. Oh, those adorable little head feathers!!! I am so glad you photographed this little cutie. The wrong lens…how many times does that happen to me, too?! Aggravating–especially when you know the birds are laughing at you! Great photos, great captions, Dawn.

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  4. Oh, I’ld wish I could see eagle’s closer up for my last painting (my first time to add a big bird in one of my paintings) to see the body and the pattern of the feathers when it flies. Also love the demure little bird in your last image. Great captures, Dawn:)

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    • There were several shots of this eagle in this tree that were posted to the Michigan Wildlife facebook site…so I know lots of people with much bigger lenses had been out there and that he must have sat still for quite awhile before I showed up!

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  5. Wow, more eagle pictures — I love them. And I’m especially enamored of that little guy with his head feathers — what a cutie! And the dove. And that chubby one with the white breast — all stunning!

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  6. Never too many birds… Well, at least you saw and photographed the eagle, even if he wasn’t the most cooperative model of all time…

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  7. The eagle, of course, is majestic, but the little bird with the outstretched wing stole my heart.

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  8. I like that bird with his wing up, too. Hey lady! The small ones are just as cool as the big ones. I remember the native american wheel teachings. The eagle flies in the eastern direction, but the mouse teaches us in the southern.

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  9. That’s so awesome there are eagle’s at your parks!! And never too many birds, love your posts!! 💞

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