Birding at the local park

Biollantefan54

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Me and my grandma went to a local park yesterday and we saw some pretty cool stuff! The most interesting were these bald eagles that return every year and raise their young. There nests are visible from the park and sometimes we can catch them flying back and forth. Most people here had no idea eagles even lived in this part of the country, me being one of them! Last year I was able to photograph then but this year I was able to catch one perched in the tree, instead of hiding inside its nest, so I got some better pics this time around. A551010A-8816-43F4-A13F-FEAC23033327.jpeg C440B4C3-527E-475E-AC4F-3A13F8B84B13.jpeg 10F00557-1A1C-4951-9D71-DA6DDA85E72B.jpeg 4582034B-6085-4C46-B7E2-20793C2716B1.jpeg 1494CCED-405E-4E33-9767-1CF6D489B863.jpeg C52166E5-BFE4-48C7-A12E-FB488BFB7008.jpeg 5EB127CB-B17E-4597-B223-17147F225D15.jpeg 684FA206-60D8-4395-B1B6-97FA2BB79056.jpeg B1071591-7877-4161-ADA2-533A803CFC34.jpeg 519C11EE-CA8C-432C-8B85-488A502AD0C6.jpeg
 

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Here are what I believe are “buffleheads”, first time seeing them. 75CB12A6-E014-4F45-AB15-CBF2175E548B.jpeg A3F03AC0-15CC-4041-AA38-216242DB8209.jpeg
A pied-billed grebe 8268A729-7BB4-499C-8E09-6C8E52B1B7FD.jpeg
An eastern bluebird ED9D6E3C-DB5D-4E57-A5B1-F4654DE1E8F6.jpeg
A goose 7CC92C57-B513-4433-821C-1C25B60BC32E.jpeg
A duck, not sure on species E37C1290-A922-48FE-8439-2A784A72E6A1.jpeg FDF6ADE4-DB28-472C-955F-6B8B236CB855.jpeg
Not a good pic but I think this is called a hooded merganser, also a first for me.
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And lastly what I think is a red headed wood pecker, I read that these are threatened and becoming more rare to see, once again, also a first for me! 609BB2FB-79C6-4D44-9958-9DFC2C7B0C43.jpeg
 

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That eagle is so beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person.
The only place I’ve seen them in person is a zoo, once someone told me there was a nest at a park 5 minutes from my house last year, I had to go see it! Apparently they’ve been coming here for over 10 years!
 

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The only place I’ve seen them in person is a zoo, once someone told me there was a nest at a park 5 minutes from my house last year, I had to go see it! Apparently they’ve been coming here for over 10 years!
Yeah I’ve seen them in zoos too but never in nature. Would be awesome to see. And you got excellent photos of it too!
 

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Even in Florida, where we are supposed to have the most bald eagles, I only see them once every 6 months or so. I'm not exactly looking for them a lot though.
 

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Even in Florida, where we are supposed to have the most bald eagles, I only see them once every 6 months or so. I'm not exactly looking for them a lot though.
I live in NW Florida and I haven’t seen them here, but I also haven’t been hiking anywhere, since I can’t find any nice trails or parks in my area. Sad, used to be my favorite passtime in Ohio where I grew up.
 

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I see eagles all the time at work but I have yet to get any pictures that good. What kind of camera and lens were you using?
 

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I see eagles all the time at work but I have yet to get any pictures that good. What kind of camera and lens were you using?
I use a Nikon d7500, it’s an upgrade from my d5600. It can take way more photos in a burst than the old one which lets me get a lot more action shots. I use a sigma 150-600mm as well
 

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When i lived in Florida there was a local park that had eagles quite often and we enjoyed observing them when we could.
 

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Amazing pictures! I live in Wisconsin by the river so I see bald eagles all the time but I've never managed to get such up-close pictures before, great job! :D
 

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Me and my grandma went to a local park yesterday and we saw some pretty cool stuff! The most interesting were these bald eagles that return every year and raise their young. There nests are visible from the park and sometimes we can catch them flying back and forth. Most people here had no idea eagles even lived in this part of the country, me being one of them! Last year I was able to photograph then but this year I was able to catch one perched in the tree, instead of hiding inside its nest, so I got some better pics this time around. View attachment 411426 View attachment 411427 View attachment 411428 View attachment 411429 View attachment 411430 View attachment 411431 View attachment 411432 View attachment 411433 View attachment 411434 View attachment 411435
Those pics belong in a book!
 

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Here are some more I got today and yesterday. The first is a new bird for me, I think it’s a blue grosbeak! 30B48FBA-EC21-486C-AE84-0506ECCE33B1.jpeg 9A86B89B-74C4-4FF2-9611-8769C69F933F.jpeg 3327125C-7140-4CB1-9078-B4B174B98265.jpeg 3B58AA71-463B-406D-ADBD-F5B379F35694.jpeg EA731470-2188-4F14-9D33-188FAB1B7BBB.jpeg FC1867D8-C5E8-4F99-AEC1-0D858EC801B7.jpeg EFEDEFA4-F461-45EF-A779-B59D79E37BCD.jpeg BB6B56A9-4A2C-406E-A8FE-F94EE92D962E.jpeg A38E1C32-1212-4CA8-9E0C-923C90CD8D67.jpeg D4D580B8-DC2E-4CC6-883C-AE7EED5258E8.jpeg
 

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I’m not sure what species the first two pics are, another new one for me. Some swallows and a soft shell turtle, as well as the eaglets at the park. They are getting big! ADA8B508-2475-4BF6-9E45-C1690F8719F1.jpeg 728CDD75-5632-4E21-B040-0EF6503501D2.jpeg D63991E1-4B9C-4B89-95D1-B147B619ADF7.jpeg E17B0DE5-7E82-49D8-BCF4-29AEB03FBDEA.jpeg 1B570FA0-F136-4D3D-9AF4-A82AB59C9BEC.jpeg 28A09E7F-A4ED-405A-A7D2-789781A7501C.jpeg 056CDFCD-A139-48C3-ADB7-43FAFEE6504A.jpeg C6CDE7A7-896F-4B36-B092-FBC780DECF0D.jpeg B4271ED9-0BEF-4506-B55B-39DB0737A6D8.jpeg
 
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