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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Visit to Lilypons Water Garden

I spent the last seven days visiting the Lilypon Water Gardens hoping to find something of interest to photograph.  From past experience I should have known not to worry about a shortage of subject matter.  The first thing I saw as I approached was an osprey, with a koi clutched in its’ talons, being chased by two bald eagles trying to claim the koi…

 
I don’t know if the eagles were successful because the osprey went downstream and one eagle went upstream and I lost track of the osprey and the second eagle…
 
 
 
I later saw the osprey flying overhead looking for another fish.  I took some photos before it flew out of sight…





From the same spot where the osprey and eagle photos were taken I could see a blue heron rookery…

 

In one pond a greater yellowlegs was searching for nightcrawlers…



A male red-winged blackbird was singing to attract a female…

 While watching for snipe in the cattails I saw this swamp sparrow…

 The snipe did finally appear and allow me to take a few photos…
 
 
 
These blue-winged teal landed in a nearby pond…
 

Canada Geese are regular visitors and residents at Lilypons.  These two were on a small waterway…


This goose was coming in to join the others at sunrise…

 
Thanks for visiting the Lilypons Water Garden with me.

3 comments:

  1. Good series with the osprey and the eagle !

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  2. Thanks, Lorents. Just lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

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  3. Hello Steve
    What a nice serie from the eagle.
    The first one is very special.
    Greetings Bets

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