Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Where do I go when I have a few minutes???

Yes, I go to the strip pits. It isn't far so I don't waste much gas, there is usually something interesting to see, and I don't see many people. And besides, it promised to be a beautiful sunset.
Please enlarge for best viewing.
Tonight when I first got there I seen a Northern Harrier, actually in a tree. I tried to ease up to it, but it flew to the next tree, and then away. It is so unusual to see one in a tree...especially for more than a few seconds. Most times, I see them land in the grass, and that is where they have their nests. If there is an abundant food supply, one male may have 4 or 5 mates. The females stay on the nests and he supplies their food. I think the reason he was staying in the tree had something to do with it being almost dark.
I seen so many of these fellas--the short-eared owls. I saw three or four of these in the air at one time. I cannot remember how many different birds these actually are, but it is for sure more than one bird.
Look at that face!!!! But doesn't the overall appearance make you think of a plane coming in for a landing.
These owls fly close to the ground, just like the Northern Harrier. (Note to myself: I need to check and see what their breeding habits are.)
Though I probably took at least a dozen and a half pictures of three or four owls perching on post, and one in a tree, but the one below is the best picture so far.
Tomorrow I get to go see Lorelei. I wonder if I will be able to tell she is growing...it has been a week and a day since I have seen her...the longest I have went without seeing her.. We were planning on going over the weekend, but Roger had the flu bug hit him so we stayed home.

BTW, I hope I haven't confused you with my music...after giving the award to John at John's Photoblog, talking about why I first kept going to his blog was the music I had on earlier...I just had to listen to it a few times and I put it on here.

Then I thought of Brooke White....does anyone besides me watch American Idol? I actually have only watched it the past couple of years...last year was the first time I seen it from beginning to end. Right away I fell in love with Brooke White. She didn't win...in fact I cannot remember quite how far she got. I had thought to google her a while back and seen she had an album. And while I liked them, I didn't just LOVE any of them.

Imagine my surprise when she appeared on Idol last week and sang the song that I have playing on here. It is a single that is on Itunes...and I just love it! So listen and enjoy--don't you just love her!


Your EG Tour Guide said...

You see so much at at the strip pit to photograph. It's a paradise!

I'm sure Lorelei will have grown a bit. Babies change so quickly when they are that young. Have a great time with her, Rose!

Mary said...

Wow...great owl shots! I was hoping for an owl when we went to BlueGrass, but I think we were too early in the day. Stripper pits are great places once they reclaim them!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Rose, Glad you get to see you 'Precious' tomorrow. I know you are excited.

Love your pictures. You alwasys get good ones when you go to the Strip Pit. The sunset is gorgeous.. I also love that last one of the owl.

Have a great day.

don said...

A wonderful series of bird pictures. These are so difficult to get. I'm impressed with your abundance of them and how well you managed. Fine post.

CountryDreaming said...

What a beautifully peaceful twilight glide, from the soft-falling orange of sunset rays to the wings of harrier and at last an owl finally coming to rest upon a perch.

Deborah Godin said...

Truly wonderful flight shots of those owl - a fave of mine, too!

George said...

You get some great pictures when you go to the strip pits. I hope you'll continue to go and share your pictures with us.

John said...

Great owl shots, Rose!
Taking pictures of birds in speed is not easy. But you have done this very well.

Barb said...

Wonderful pictures, very creative pictures, thank you for sharing them with us.

Smiling for you as I know you will so enjoy seeing Lorelei, as for seeing a difference...I am willing to say YES you will,they change so fast, growing and doing new things! God is Good with His gift of grandchildren!

Anonymous said...

An "I ♥ This Blog" award is waiting for you on my page. Go get it and enjoy!

Carletta said...

Love the pics Rose!
Sure wish we had a place like that. I could use someplace to practice photographing wildlife.
I watch Idol. I must admit I havent' much this season for some reason. Maybe I've watched it too long. I loved Brooke White. I missed the sure but this music is beautiful. Does she have a CD? That would be super.

Leedra said...

Enjoyed this post. Like the last photo of the owl.

They grow and change so fast.

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Anonymous said...

Great shots Rose - That last photo is very nice!!!

You'll have some new pics of Lorelei, right?! Hope so

Patchwork Penguin said...

Thank you for sharing the Owl pics. My daughter loves owls, and believes it to be a short-eared owl.

Your pictures are lovely!!