Posts tagged “Bald Eagle

Columbia River Birds of Prey

It’s kind of funny. I was at the Eagle Sanctuary near Astoria, OR and saw no eagles. Was closer to the mouth of the Columbia River in Warrenton, OR and saw two, plus a falcon surrounded by a bunch of blackbirds.

The first image is of course a falcon. I’m not adept enough to identify the type of falcon, perhaps a Redtail? But if you look closely  in the branch to the left of the falcon, you’ll see the head of a little blackbird. This blackbird got it inside it’s head that it was going to bug the big bird of prey, 5 times it’s size. Probably because it’s nest was nearby? There were actually several blackbirds attacking, swooping, chirping and all kinds of pinching a fit while this falcon stopped by. Finally it had enough and gently flew off to another tree, blackbirds trailing behind.

The eagle is a male, I was told at the time I found this image. There was a younger fledgling sitting in this tree also. Which I guess is rear? But alas the fledgling got cropped out of this image. He couldn’t really be seen through the branches anyway.

Hope you like these images of Wildlife along the Columbia River. Remember to share.




Leslie’s Flower Garden

With this week’s post, I want to feature what I think are some pretty outstanding images created at my friend Leslie Ebert’s flower garden. Leslie is a phenomenal multi-dimensional artist focusing mostly on abstract photography and acrylic paintings. Her and her partner Paul built the house they currently live in from scratch and have spent their time since moving in, creating a beautiful backyard that is literally one giant flower garden. Flowers are in bloom from early Spring until late Fall with some even growing in the Winter Season. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit fairly often this Summer and create some beautiful images of the flowers currently growing in season. Dahlias, Daisy’s, Brown Eyed Susans, Trumpet Lilies, different varieties of roses, Hydrangeas, my new favorite the Stargazer Lilies, and many, many more. Plus, the Willamette River flows probably around 100 yards away from their house, so they get many varieties of birds flying around checking out the scenery. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Hummingbirds, sparrows, finches, and one other bird that had a great morning call, but I have yet to be able to get close enough to photograph. Maybe next time? I think I’ll need a super zoom lens in order to get a good image.

I created several floral images while visiting Leslie’s garden. The five featured in today’s post are my most favorite. The two roses are a Peach Silk Rose, and what I’m calling a Rose Fire. Then there are 3 images of what’s becoming one of my favorite flowers, the Dahlia. Dahlia’s are such a versatile flower, they grow in many different varieties and colors. Every single one of them beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by this week. Be sure to visit here every Saturday for more great images created in my travels around Portland, OR and abroad.

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