2009/03/31

Windy day and Eurasian Wigeon

This morning, it was raining cats and dogs for awhile, and then this was what the afternoon looked like.

Strange weather. The clear day was thanks to the strong wind that blew from the west, and when I mean strong, I am talking about walking at a angle to avoid being pushed over by the wind strong.

Strong enough to blow branches down.

And strong enough to cause ripples in a still pond.

Even the birds were having difficulties getting from Point A to Point B. I saw several times when the smaller birds were at the mercy of the wing flying backwards and sideways.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

When this Bald Eagle eventually landed on a branch, it was facing into the wind and had to take off soon after.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Take-off pose!

After reading Rock Paper Lizard's post, I had been searching for this Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) since then. And let me tell you, it's not easy, especially with these shy birds and only one European Wigeon hiding in a large flock of American Wigeons. Well, I saw it today.

Can you see it? It's the red-headed male.

There it is! What a handsome bird (no offense to the birds beside it).

Duck and Geese
I'll bet you need no help finding who's different from the other here.

Have a good day (or evening), everybody.

PS - I passed my road test today! Hooray!
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6 comments:

Hugh said...

Congratulations on several counts--finding the wigeon, passing your road test (great news!), and not being blown off the dyke. What a wind it was.

The eagle take-off pose is priceless.

Vickie said...

Nice moment with the bald eagle! Glad you located the European widgeon. His head certainly is a striking color.

Cicero Sings said...

Yea for you ... the road test is behind you now. Whew!

I love the picture of the eagle taking off. Super.

PSYL said...

Thanks everyone.

Passing the road test is definitely a weight off my shoulders - because it's quite expensive for just one test, $50!

Finding the Wigeon is just downright exciting - because I have been looking for it every time I pass by.

And truthfully, I wish the wind did blew me away because I want to experience the ability to fly too.

Yep, I like that eagle picture too. Too bad I didn't get the next sequence of it flying off the the branch.

flowergirl said...

The wigeon was a new bird for me this year. Where I live, wild ducks are rare and winter visitors. So, a group of us went off to the Bharatpur sanctuary in north India, in January and had a good look at many winter visitors including teal, wigeons and mallards!

The males of all the ducks are so handsome!

I really like the bald eagle series!

PSYL said...

Thanks, flowergirl. Your perspective made me realize how unique the place I live in is. I get too spoiled with these ducks everyday that I forgot people in other parts of the world do not have the opportunity to see them like I do, and vice versa.

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