Water Splashers

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The Skimmer gull is a superior fisher from the air. Like the Eagle, he can spot a fish near the surface of the water and skim and scoop to catch his prey. The Skimmer leaves an incredible splash and trail of water in his wake. This fellow has successfully caught up a small fish which dangles from his beak as he returns to the air.

As an amateur photographer, I certainly value this picture (ABOVE) as one of my favorites — not an easy catch!

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The triumphant Skimmer is airborne once more, and the fish can still be seen protruding from his beak.

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Credit:
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

Eagles Are Flying

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Sitting on the riverside bench with pal Cee-Cee on my lap and my camera in my pocket (under her), I was certain to spot an Eagle. It always happens that way! I couldn’t get Cee-Cee safely down and the camera out of my pocket fast enough to zoom in on this fellow, who flew by in front of me in a slow, teasing circle.

Well, I got this much anyway!

Of course, my other Eagle sighting this week so far was from the transport bus I was on as the vehicle crossed the river bridge! Again, the Eagle was in about the same spot in the sky…while my camera sat at home on my desk…

Ah…such is the way of an amateur photographer — chance, grab, and miss, or connect!

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