Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Is spring on the way.......

I am slowing getting back to normal, I told Roger today I felt like myself for the first time in what feels like ages. Every evening, I have been watching the sunset and thinking how wonderful it would be to drive through the strip pits so tonight I was able to act upon the thought. The first thing I noticed was that the red-winged blackbirds were back...not in great number but several here and there.

My first photo opportunity was this short-eared owl....I spied him on the ground first. Normally the first thing I do when I turn into the strip pits is to get my camera out and set to take pictures. Tonight I was just so glad to be out that I didn't even think about it. So, by the time I got it out and the iso set to 1600, and got out of the vehicle...I only snapped one on the ground plus a few of him in the air....this very first one being the best.

Then on down at the main pond we see stuff at, I saw these three sandhill cranes...at least I am pretty sure that is what they were. They down close to the far end, and it being late, I did not get a great shot....but when I enlarge the original shots, I am pretty sure that is what they are.

Other than the red-wings, the single owl, the sandhill cranes, and a few waterbirds, I saw at least 18 deer. All too far away for a decent shot with it getting as late as it was.

You see, I had been sewing and lost track of time. So I got out there later than I had meant to. but it feels so wonderful to be feeling better....and to just be able to sleep. And every time I am sick, I cannot help but think about people that have major illnesses to contend with every day of their life and here I whine about losing a few nights sleep, and and feel bad for a few days.

18 comments:

Sue said...

Glad you were able to get out and are feeling a bit better. I am on day 11 of this "whatever" and still feel run down.

You got to see so many things. Those pits must be a wildlife mecca! How nice to have that nearby.

MyNorth said...

Good shot of the owl in flight. And yes, those are Sandhill's in the water.
Can't wait until the Red-wing's fly back here.

Judy said...

What a great capture...I wish we could see the owls we hear hooting.

Montanagirl said...

Nice "Owl in Flight" shot! You saw a nice variety - they are indeed Sandhills. Glad you're feeling better.

Sandra said...

that owl is gorgeous, never seen one like him. so glad you feel better, and I am with you, when i am sick the whole world is ME but after i get better i do think about what if that was chronic and i never got better.

don said...

I'm glad to hear you are out and taking pictures again. I love that first one of the owl. What a nice capture with the bird in a great spot in your frame too. Well done.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Glad you are feeling better, Rose. I love your bird posts... That owl in flight is gorgeous...

Keep getting better and better.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I'm glad you're feeling better and were able to get out and take these pictures. You're first picture is wonderful.

Ellie said...

So pleased to hear you are feeling better - was it the flu you had? It must have been quite a nasty one.
I love your first picture of the owl - quite stunning.

Ginny said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better and were finally able to get out!! The short eared owl one is great, I have never seen one!

Carletta said...

So glad to hear you are feeling better. What a way to come back - that owl shot is wonderful!

Linda G. said...

What a wonderful shot of the owl in flight! I'm glad that you are feeling better.

Gill - That British Woman said...

Wow, wow and triple wow on that shot, what a super photo.

Glad you popped by to say hello today,

Gill in Canada

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Rose, I love the picture of the owl flying! Hope you continue to feel better and get your needed sleep. Take care.

Mary said...

wow...you hit the jackpot! Love the owl shot. Wonderful! Neat to see the cranes, too.

Marie said...

I am so sorry you have been feeling poorly! I LOVE the owl shot! Great job. Glad you are feeling enough better to get out to the strip pits and enjoy that experience.

Have you been by my quilt blog lately?

EG Wow said...

I haven't seen any signs of spring yet, except that the days are getting noticeably longer. :)

Caron said...

I have NEVER seen an owl in flight. That is a wonderful photograph!

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