Eagle Nest in Use

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Mother Eagle peeks above her nest while she awaits the arrival of her mate

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Changing of the Guard

 

Big birds, like Bald Eagles and Ospreys, who build big nests, often return to them, refurbish them, and give life to new hatchlings in them. In Florida, Ohio, a nest built between the Maumee River and a portion of the old Maumee and Erie canal along scenic State Route 424 has been reused for decades.

In the second picture (ABOVE), Mr. arrives to land in the nest just after Mrs. departs. He waited on a nearby branch before entering the nest, giving his Mrs. room for lift-off.

Eagle nests can be as wide as ten feet across and weigh in at 1,000 pounds, or more.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Uniquely Painted by Nature

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A first sighting of a Blue Jay’s backside is likely to evoke an astonishment over the bird’s “painted-by-the-numbers” appearance. The hodge-podge pattern almost compels one to pick up a paint-by-the-numbers project and start dipping brushes into paint.

The Blue Jay is unique in its coloring, but he is definitely painted by Nature. Whereas the Green Jay and the Brown Jay (what? brown? ugh!) have little in coloring to compare to their Blue cousin.

What birds do you enjoy?

See more of the author’s bird photos and other snaps at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com/

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

How A Northern Flicker Uses Its Tail

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The Northern Flicker has incredible strength in her lower body and tail feathers. She uses them to help balance her as she pecks out a nesting hole.

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The Flicker (ABOVE) takes precaution in between hole pecking and digging chores to look out for predators. But she’s not far removed from her work, as her tail remains in anchoring position.

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Periodically, she disappears into the hole she’s digging, turns around, comes out half way (ABOVE) and “spits” the wood chips to the ground. She repeats this over and over until the hole she desires for nesting has been deepened and formed to her liking.

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Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Fun With Photo Blowups

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Digital cameras offer an editing feature with which an amateur photographer can have some fun creating new, isolated photos from an original picture. Although blowups lose pixel power if the original photo isn’t perfectly focused, one can still “play” with his pictures to his contentment!

The first photo here was isolated and blown up from a picture taken of two Canada Geese flying over a bridge while the camera stayed on the geese and faded out the bridge railing.

The two following pictures (BELOW) are also isolated and enlarged from other original photos with numerous birds involved.

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Isolate’em and blow’em up!! (BELOW):

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We musn’t be serious in our photography all the time must we? Especially if we are mere amateurs, some fun should be allowed daily!

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Credit:
Photos and Blowups from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(Note: Blowups can be achieved on the computer after photos are downloaded to it, but they are best cropped and blown up first on the digital camera, since the camera will save the original photo as well as the enlargements, whereas, on the computer, the original will be replaced by the blowup.)

 

Favorite Flyers

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The Great Blue Heron, with its purple-bluish bordered wings has been a frequent subject (in season) for my camera over the past several years. (ABOVE) is one of my favorite (and early) photos of a GBH. He surprised me as he flew beneath me under the bridge at Napoleon, Ohio. I was camped topside on the bridge sidewalk, a common spot for me to wait for herons to fish near the site, which is part of the backyard of our apartment building.

(BELOW) is another early favorite photo, taken when I first discovered I had unique access to herons between the middle of September and the middle of October each Fall. These long-necks venture down river toward Napoleon from Grand Rapids, Ohio, and other northern locations to pursue the plentiful fish that thrive in the Maumee River.

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When this fellow (ABOVE) came in for a landing, I was sitting on a riverside dock only yards away from him. Another surprise photo opportunity presented itself that day.

Herons usually are very shy about sticking around when the slightest movement, or sound, interrupts their fishing. So I was lucky to be able to snap this picture right before this fellow’s landing became a change-of-mind take-off!

(BELOW) is another snap from the bridge. There’s quite a difference in the bird’s appearance from the sunny day of the first picture on this post, and the one (below) shot on a cloudy afternoon.

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Enlarged Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Coming Soon…In 2017

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An Eagle perched watchfully at Grand Rapids, Ohio.

 

It’s the end of a very prolific year for me in bird photography. I’m an amateur who makes no profit from photography, but who garners a world of pleasure from watching and snapping pictures of the wonderful birds we are privileged to have in my native state of Ohio.

Stay tuned for coming attractions in 2017!

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A Blue Heron fishes at Providence Dam near Grand Rapids, Ohio.

 

And thanks for sharing with me in 2016!

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg