2009/04/08

Enjoying weather while it lasts

Today is a continuation of the great weather from yesterday. Sadly, it won't last through the weekend. So I need to enjoy the sunshine and blue skies as much as possible!

The tail end of a Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus). Bad weather is coming, I can feel it.

First caterpillar of the year! What beautiful species will it become? Anyone have an idea?

Amazing sighting! I saw three hummingbirds along the trail adjacent from the wooden bridge to the Rural Area. Another first of the year! However, I underestimated the small size and speed of these hummingbirds, and this was the only image I got. Hopefully, I will see them again and able to identify the species. The Zen Birdfeeder recently posted "Fun Fact About Hummingbirds" that deserve some attention if you're a new birder like me.

Pretty Pink Flowers
Pretty Pink Flowers, that's all I know.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
A juvenile Bald Eagle was easily observed along the trail.

It wasn't really nervous when a few dog walkers walked by, so I was able to get underneath it and take this shot.

A few meters away from the juvenile, another Bald Eagle (this time, an adult) was perched right on the treetop.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
I think I seen this individual before since it has that distinct gray band across its eyes. Maybe it's not a full adult yet. Overall, another great day with great sightings.
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3 comments:

Natural Moments said...

I like how you got the muskrat in the process of diving. Its a nice action shot.

Great assortment of eagle pictures under some wonderful blue skies. We have had some great weather for a change too here in WA State.

Chris said...

Hi,
The shots of the bald eagle are wonderful. You are so lucky to be able to spot it so easily ;-) Our eagles are so rare that we almost never see them!

PSYL said...

Thank you both. We are indeed lucky to have Bald Eagles right in our neighborhood, such magnificent birds.

Natural Moments - You live in Washington State? Well, hello from British Columbia then!

Chris - What kind of eagles do you guys have over there in that part of Northern Europe?

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