Eagles in their Nest

Yesterday I experienced a rare privilege.
While on a photo excursion with friends we witnessed an eagle in it’s nest
and then….
the appearance of those fluffy wings…
 …and that cute little head.
What a Mother’s Day gift!
I have cropped these images a bit so you can more easily see these magnificent birds.
I used a 70-300mm lens, too. 
It was something I will never forget.
We were at this location.

More from the field trip

I have a few more images from my recent field trip to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge that I want to share with you.
I love the ‘layers’ in this one, of the vegetation in the marsh, their different colors.
Tundra swans are in the front and behind them are some egrets.  
I do not know the name of this flowering bush that was growing next to one of the visitor centers. The brilliant yellow flowers and their reflection in the water really stood out on that cold, gray day. 
Waves from Lake Erie…
Scouring, cleansing, continually flowing.
Layers of wood that have been scoured by those waves and tossed ashore.
Driftwood. Bleached by the elements, discolored, stripped clean of any “skin”, 
beautiful in it’s state of destruction.
(These images were taken using my Tamron 70-300mm lens, but I set it to Shutter Priority mode, using a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. I wanted to avoid camera shake and get sharp images.  For the most part, this worked. The ISO and f-stop adjusted accordingly in each image. I say for the most part…because I noticed if I have to extend that lens its full length, the image quality suffers.  Oh, well. I guess I’ll just have to keep taking photos ’til I get it right…)

Scavenger Hunt April 1st

The prompts are clouds, sun flare, seven, high angle, and low angle. 
Here are images for 4 of those 5,
taken on a field trip yesterday to this place.
Clouds… made for a very gray and chilly day up on Lake Erie yesterday.
Seven….tundra swans at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
(cue the music –  “seven swans a swimming…”)
High angle… I took this from a platform in the area where there is an eagle’s nest at
the Magee Marsh (next to the Wildlife Refuge).
Low angle….the shore of Lake Erie at Magee Marsh

field trip

While at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge today with some folks from  our local photography club, we photographed these tundra swans, which you can learn about here. There was quite a group of them that let us snap away for quite a while…it was a beautiful site to see.
If the weather had cooperated and been quite a bit warmer we would have stayed longer, but that combination of wind off Lake Erie and temps only in the 40’s really made it uncomfortable.  
The best part of the day was sharing this experience with two gals that I have become friends with through the club. The three of us road together, sharing great conversations about photography, about life in general, about enjoying our hobby, and about where-can-we-go-next-and-get-some-great-photos.  We are definitely planning a trip back to the Wildlife Refuge in May. 
I took about a hundred photos and have whittled that down quite a bit. I chose to share this one today because of the beauty of the tundra swans, and also because it reminds me that the three of us did some smooth sailin’ of our own today. And for all this I’m very grateful.