Muskegon, The eagles were golden, even if the weather wasn’t
Another trip to Muskegon, more photos of a species that I needed photos of. I just wish that the weather had been as nice as what had been forecast.
Instead of partly sunny, it was cloudy and cold, with fog in the morning, and haze in the afternoon. The weather made bird photos more difficult, but it also provided some opportunities for some scenic shots, which I’ll get to shortly.
But first, the trophy photo of the day, a golden eagle.
That was one of the last photos of the eagle that I shot, here’s two of it perched.
Now, back to the beginning. On the way to Muskegon, I stopped several times to take photos of the snow stuck to the trees, looking very festive for the holiday.
Arriving at the Muskegon County wastewater treatment facility, I was greeted by first one….
…then a second….
….Bald eagle in flight. Some sun sure would have helped those!
The deer were out feeding.
There were plenty of mourning doves to be seen.
The crows were busy harassing eagles.
There were bald eagles on the ice fighting over a kill.
Most of the ducks were either gone because the lagoons had frozen over already, or they were laying low because of the number of eagles around, but I did catch this female blue winged teal.
The Canada geese must think that there’s safety in numbers.
The noise from all those geese was deafening at times, especially when an eagle came close to them!
The snow wasn’t melting very fast.
That didn’t bother this hawk…
or these turkeys.
Even though I knew it would still be cloudy there, I decided to stop off at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve to see what I could find there.
Hearing the flock of tundra swans was even more memorable than seeing them! Here’s a link to All About Birds where you can listen to the tundra swans if you like. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tundra_Swan/sounds
I decided to make one more stop, the channel from Muskegon State Park, stopping to shoot yet another bald eagle on the way.
Arriving at the channel, I discovered what Santa does on his days off, he goes fishing.
There were a few birds around as well.
With that, I decided to call it a day and head back home to sort photos. I wish that the weather would have been better, but any day with multiple eagles is a good one!
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!