On the way home today from Paris, Illinois, we spotted this eagle in this old dead tree out in a pasture...right on the outskirts of town. At first I thought it was a vulture, then I thought, NO! I seen a white head. Lucky for me there was a place to pull off the road good.
He (or she??) was a good ways away...I originally thought the length of a football field but now I am not so sure.
It had poured the rain on the way over there....he looks like he was out in it all.
We sat and watched him quite a while...
Doesn't he look sort of sad here?
It never did fly, but we thought we might as well leave and let it relax....
These were all taken with my little Point&shoot camera, and I just could not hold steady, even had trouble when I put it on the monopod...
We walked into the garage as we were leaving late this evening...not sure why they caught my eye, but there on the truck was a baby praying matis....and then when I looked close I seen half a dozen!
At the most they were an inch long. I saw a couple more elsewhere, but did not see the swarm like there usually is when they are so young. I don't know if these were born outside and got in the garage somehow, or if I just was not looking in the right place to see the other.
These are not great photos, but still I wanted to share them.
Before I forget, if you are interested, and saw my post about Great Blue Herons landing out in the lake....I got to wondering if they can swim. I remembered seeing either a video or TV show with a Bald Eagle swimming, so I thought why not a GBH. So, I posted a couple videos over there.
Now, here is my post....
The top of the dam we were on yesterday is a favorite gathering spot of the vultures. Almost any time we go up there, there are at least a few, sometimes a lot.
Most of these are through the windshield since I am the driver now, I seldom get out of the Rav4 to take photos.
The one above is with my window rolled down...
There was a ruckus going on here, it was just ending as I took this photo. One or two had already departed their company.
Actually I am not sure if it is the same one or not...and these were just taken this afternoon...the first two are of the same GBH,
The Great Blue Herons were flying around everywhere over the lake, and that first had landed on the water...as if it expected it to be shallow water. It quickly flew up and over and landed on this.
I have never seen Great Blue Herons land in deep water before...there were at least 3 or 4 that we saw do this...they would land and quickly fly up and away. It really surprised me how easily they seemed to lift up from the water. I so wish I had thought to take a video of it.