A Birdwalk

22 Apr

It’s been a rough month on the farm, so when my mom asked if I wanted to go bird hunting, I was certainly ready.  I had to yell for her to stop the car before we got very far down the road.

Canada goose on haystack

Silly goose.  I don’t know how she thinks she’s going to get her goslings out of that nest.  It will be a doozy of a first step.

Canada goose on haystack

Canada goose on haystack

Finally, we got to our destination, Hendrickson Marsh.

Hendrickson's Marsh

Someone had told Mom about the eagle’s nest.

eagle's nest

Sure enough.  There’s someone home.  I did see her tending eggs or babies, but, of course, I didn’t get very close at all.

eagle's nest

There’s plenty of other birds to shoot, and I obviously need some practice with my new camera.




grebe taking flight

grebe taking flight


grebes flying

red-winged blackbird

Hendrickson's Marsh

I think it’s too smart for my good.  I guess I’ll just have to keep practicing with it.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy.

42 Responses to “A Birdwalk”

  1. TexWisGirl April 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    looks like you had coots and northern shovelers! very cool! love the goose nest. 🙂

    • Teresa April 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      She was certainly creative in finding her nesting spot. 🙂

  2. Hootin' Anni April 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Sweet images of the Canadian Goose Mama!!

    And loved your shovelers in flight!!!

    • Teresa April 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks. It’s a nice place to go and watch birds.

  3. Mary Ann April 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    WOW! Loved the eagle picture… I double clicked to make it BIG!

    • Teresa April 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      I wish it didn’t have so many branches in the way, but it’s still pretty cool.

  4. HansHB April 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    A lovely serie for WBW!

  5. naquillity (@naquillity) April 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    so glad you were able to get away and photograph the birds with your mom… Hendrickson Marsh looks to be the happening place for the birds too. hopefully you get to go back soon and photograph that eagle and its nest. hope all is well.

    • Teresa April 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      I do hope to get back again soon.

  6. Eileen April 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Cool shot of the Goose nest.. Great sightings of the ducks and seeing the eagle nest is awesome.. Love the reflection shots! Enjoy your week ahead!

    • Teresa April 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

      Thanks. Hope you have a wonderful week too.

  7. Karen Seek April 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Love seeing the bird shoots — love the flights

    • Teresa April 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      Thanks! It’s fun to see them flying or walking on water.

  8. Pat April 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    I see where the term “silly goose” comes from. The marsh is beautiful.

    • Teresa April 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

      Thanks. It really is an appropriate phrase.

  9. A Quiet Corner April 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Awesome birds and our eagles are sitting on eggs as I type!…:)JP

  10. Margaret April 23, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    Hi Teresa great to have got away with your Mom and you found the nest. great flight shots, you are doing well with the new camera.

    • Teresa April 23, 2014 at 6:33 am #

      Thanks, Margaret. It really was a nice afternoon.

  11. Roan April 23, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    You found a good variety of birds and ducks. Love the nest! All cameras are smarter than me, but I’m trying to learn not to use Auto all the time.

    • Teresa April 23, 2014 at 6:33 am #

      I have a long way to go with this one, but I figure it makes a good excuse to take the time to go see new things and places.

  12. kjadams57 April 23, 2014 at 6:53 am #


  13. Arija April 23, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    Love the goose nest and all the other birds. New cameras take a bit of running in.

    • Teresa April 23, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Thanks. It really does take time to figure out all those buttons.

  14. storybeader April 23, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I think your shooting is great! {:-D

    • Teresa April 23, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks, but I think I still have a lot to learn with this camera. 🙂

  15. Alica April 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Good eye, spotting that goose! Poor goslings! 🙂

    • Teresa April 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      Hopefully they find some piles of hay to go down.

  16. Jeanne April 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Silly goose, for sure! Yesterday, when we went to the city for appointments, etc., we saw two families of geese walking around by the side of the road! The goslings were really cute. But I felt sorry for them, because of where they were – too close to busy traffic! They’re not always so smart. – Love your pictures. I know you’ll master that new camera soon!

    • Teresa April 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      She’s got a pretty good place. It’s just going to be getting them down. Luckily the do tend to fall with style, and it should be a fairly soft landing. ;-/

  17. Ida P. Krause April 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Wonderful selections of birds. Yes that first step off that nest would be a rude awakening. Cool find on the Eagle’s nest. Some of those duck shots look like they are “skipping” across the water. Sort of reminded me of skipping stones only with ducks!

    • Teresa April 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

      I can’t belive how much it looks like they are walking on water. Very cool!

  18. Gunilla Bäck April 24, 2014 at 1:09 am #

    Beautiful shots! Looks like you’re doing quite well with your new camera.

    • Teresa April 24, 2014 at 6:51 am #

      Thanks, Gunilla. For some reason, I have a hard time focusing on small birds a long distance away. Maybe it’s my eyes rather than the camera.

  19. Erika April 24, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    Great pics. Is that your goose up there playing queen of the hill? I have been watching 2 eagle families. Berry.edu scroll down to bottom right and click on eagle cam. She is in the parents are cutting down her feeding stages so she looses weight so she can fly soon.(almost 9wks) And ustream.tv/decoraheagles. This family has 3 eaglets 2 are almost 4 weeks old and the 3rd is 3 weeks today they fly between 11 and 13 weeks. Both sites have 24 hour cam viewing.

    • Teresa April 24, 2014 at 6:52 am #

      Living in Iowa, I’m well aware of the famous Decorah eagles, but I haven’t watched them. That is a wild Canada goose on the haystack.

  20. EG CameraGirl April 24, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    OH! How great that you got out to the marsh looking for birds! I have a hankering to do that myself!!

    • Teresa April 24, 2014 at 6:53 am #

      It was nice. The weather was nearly perfect, and it was quite relaxing.

  21. pattisj April 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Love the last shot, I could linger there for a long time. That was quite the nest for the goose! Nice water shots.

    • Teresa April 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

      Thanks. I’ll have to wander down the road this weekend and see if the goose is still there.

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