Avian Visitor

17 Feb

While I was out working in the yard today, I wondered why the peafowl seemed so nervous.  Then I saw the young goats all jump and caught movement out of the corner of my eye.  When I looked up, I saw who had everyone so nervous.

I still haven’t figured out what s/he was carrying.

Linking to Camera Critters.

Linking to Farm Photo Friday.

Linking to Skywatch Friday.

Linking to Poetic Winter where this week’s theme is Passion.  I hope the eagle is a bird of passion.


72 Responses to “Avian Visitor”

  1. Sharon Qualls February 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful shots!

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      Thanks. You really notice how many little branches those oak trees have when you’re trying to get a shot of a bird sitting in the middle of it. 🙂

  2. TexWisGirl February 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    absolutely wonderful!!! glad you were off today to catch sight of him (and on camera!)

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      It was wonderful to see! It’s been about two years since I’ve actually seen one sitting in my trees.

  3. Mimi Foxmorton February 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm #


    And a wonderful omen of strength!

    Though methinks s/he’s carrying an unfortunate……….. (yikes!)

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

      I can’t figure out what is in those mighty talons. I do think it’s an auspicious sign. 🙂

  4. Barb February 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    How majestic! Good you paid attention to the other animals and birds!

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      I always pay attention to the alert calls of the animals. You never know what it might be.

  5. trailpics February 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    I got it – it’s a Wishbone!!!!!!!
    Oh, what a sight. I’m so happy you got to see this amazing animal. Great shots – I’m really happy for you.

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      It really was beautiful to see. 🙂

  6. Chai Chai February 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    We have a lot of eagles here, it is one of the reasons while the Commander is leaving trees in the pastures that he is clearing. He figures that while the trees give the eagles a place to land they also prevent air attacks. From what I have read eagles mostly eat fish and carrion…..

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      We have a marsh about a mile or so from where I live. I’m guessing that s/he was feeding there and thought my tree would be a good place to eat a meal.

  7. Alica February 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Just gorgeous!

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      Thanks. They really are beautiful birds.

  8. Mama Zen February 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Oh, wow! Just look at that wingspan! Gorgeous shots!

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      Thank you. It was really great to see.

  9. Barbara F. February 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Wow, this was incredible, the things that stop by your place and you are able to capture with your lens, again, wow. xo

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

      I love where I’m at! I really am surrounded with a lot of beautiful nature here.

  10. Andrea R February 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    That’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. Incredible.

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      It’s not often I see an eagle in my trees, but I never lose my awe.

  11. WolfSong February 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Awesome…absolutely awesome! Such wonderful pictures too!

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      Thanks. They are such incredible birds!

  12. Kim,USA February 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Wow that is an awesome shots!! Good thing you spotted that eagle.


    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

      Glad I had the day off from work and I was here to see it! Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Pondside February 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Aren’t they magnificent? The nearest neighbour came over on Wednesday to let us know that there was an enormous bald eagle in a tree near the south pond – watching the ducks!

    • Teresa February 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

      Poor ducks. I hope they weren’t lunch. I don’t think this one was full grown. I don’t think it was as big as the last ones I saw here.

  14. Pat February 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    What an impressive bird! You were able to get some good shots.

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      Thanks. I feel bad for interrupting his/her dinner.

  15. Tatjana Parkacheva February 18, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    Magnificent bird.

    Regards and best wishes

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 6:41 am #

      They are amazing!

  16. Nancy February 18, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    How awesome to see one so close and be able to take so many photos. I’m jealous! 🙂

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 6:41 am #

      I was lucky. 🙂

  17. eileeninmd February 18, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Fantastic visitor and wonderful photos of the eagle.

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      Thanks. I’m glad you stopped by.

  18. Kathy February 18, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Love your eagle pics! Especially the third from the last. Very cool!

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 8:14 am #

      Thanks. It never ceases to amaze me how big and beautiful they are.

  19. Melodie February 18, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    They are beautiful but I am never happy to see them so close to the farm. We have a lot of them here too but they usually stay close to the lake,thankfully! I can go to them to have a look !

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 8:16 am #

      I don’t worry too much because the birds (other than geese) are confined. No little kids right now, and my barnyard has enough buildings and trees that it would be hard to swoop down. 🙂

  20. HOOTIN ANNI February 18, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    These images take my breath away!!! Stunning…spectacular.


    Hope you’re having a great weekend so far.

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      That’s way too nice. It’s hard to focus through all those oak limbs. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. Linda February 18, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Cool Shots!

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Thank you. 🙂

  22. Annette February 18, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    The lesson here – always have your camera and be ready! Great job. It is rare for many of us to get close shots of Bald Eagles, let alone tell a whole story about a moment in time.

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      I truly do appreciate the visit. I feel bad about interrupting his/her lunch though.

  23. Snap February 18, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Just gorgeous. I’m sure farmers don’t like seeing eagles, but they are magnificent. Happy Critter Day!

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      They can take birds or even baby goats and sheep. Mine are pretty safe in the barnyard.

  24. jewaicious February 18, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    What fantastic shots…beauties all, and the winged one, so special, so wonderfully caught through your eyes.

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Thank you. I was happy to have the opportunity to take these pictures.

  25. Tricia February 18, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Check out that wing span! Awesome bird!!! =)

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      They are huge, aren’t they!

  26. Marigold and the Goatmother February 18, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    That next to the last shot is awesome! Better watch those new baby goats when they arrive! But aren’t they magnificent birds?

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      My barnyard is crowded enough it shouldn’t be a problem~at least until they get out in open pasture. 🙂

  27. Texan February 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Stunning! Great pics!

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Thanks. They are pretty impressive birds!

  28. Candy C. February 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    OMG how utterly COOL that you had your camera with you! A lesson to be learned…always, always take the camera! 😉

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

      I actually had to go the ten feet to the house to get the camera. It was that close to my house. 🙂

  29. Joyful February 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Fantastic captures!

  30. Kathy February 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    That’s pretty amazing to have a bald eagle in your own tree!

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      It really was wonderful to see.

  31. Robyn February 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    What a neat experience to see a bald eagle so close and have your camera! I enjoyed the squirrel picts too. Bob, what a character.

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

      He is certainly a Silly Bob!

  32. Kay L. Davies February 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Isn’t it wonderful how farm animals can recognize a predator? Some of your pea fowl or your youngest goats might never have seen an eagle before, but they know it means danger.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    • Teresa February 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      They really are wired for survival. They sound the alarm and flee at any unknown.

  33. jidhujose February 19, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    I think its long distance shots
    My Camera-Critters

    • Teresa February 19, 2012 at 7:44 am #

      So glad you stopped by.

  34. Costin Comba Photography February 20, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Bird’s king. Have a nice week. Greetings from Romania.

    • Teresa February 20, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Thanks for visiting. They really are amazing birds.

  35. jen February 21, 2012 at 6:31 am #


    • Teresa February 21, 2012 at 7:12 am #

      It was great to see. My dad told me there’s an eagle nest about a mile from my place. 🙂

  36. Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud February 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Awesome capture! Thanks so much for joining us in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge. We’re moving on to our final theme on Friday, Calm. Hope you’ll stop by and join us again. Have a great day!

    • Teresa February 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      It’s a great challenge. I must say, they have been tough, but I love all the great pictures everyone shares.

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