Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Henrys Fork birds

Late this afternoon I ran up to the Henrys Fork between St. Anthony and the Vernon Bridge to see if I could see a few birds.  It was cloudy with some misty rain/snow falling most of the time so I did not think I would get any quality pictures.  But you never know what you will see or get a chance to photograph.  Here are a few of the highlights of the day.
A Blue Heron was available.


There were hundreds of Trumpeter swan, Canada Geese, and ducks.  Here are some swan and ducks resting on an ice flow.



I also saw 14 Bald eagles, seven of them sitting in some trees, but too far away for some good pictures.  But a few flew close enough for some shots.



Swan kept coming in to me until it was almost too dark to shot pictures.



But my favorite picture of the day was of a Red-tailed hawk that came into my preditor call and realized that I was just too large to harvest.

                                    

Just another couple of wild hours in Idaho.

13 comments:

Monts said...

Hi Bill some great shots there, love the Red Tailed Hawk and the Eagles just goes to show and pardon the pun "Your never to cold to learn"

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Oh Bill I love your hours in Idaho. These images are amazing. Thanks for sharing and for your sweet words on my post.
Warm hugs Dagmar

Jacqui Binford-Bell said...

Awesome pictures. I have Red Tails and an established couple of pairs of Bald Eagles and a Golden pair here.

Had not considered calling them in for photos.

Shirleyanne said...

Stunning photo's of birds in flight.
Brilliant! So's the snow!
Happy Christmas to you Bill.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

All of the photographs are great, but I bet you can only guess my favorite one. Oh how I wish I could get so close to a Red-Tailed Hawk! WOW what a great shot~ Congratulations!

troutbirder said...

Very nice pics. I noted your mentioning the Holocaust Museum. We went there the year it opened. I'm so glad I saw it even though I came away with the worse migraine of my life.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Bill, Great pictures. I really like the last one of the hawk in flight.. What a beautiful bird.

Did you hear the story recently about a big horned owl who swooped down and picked up a tiny little dog???? He flew with the dog for several miles --and then somehow, the dog got away and fell. A lady below saved the dog... TRUE story--but I don't know the details.

Betsy

The Early Birder said...

Hi Bill. Excellent series but the detail captured on the Red-tailed has to be one of the best I have seen. Cheers, Frank.

Sunny said...

Your bird pictures truly take my breath away, they are really spectacular.
Your Eagle header is awesome.
Sunny :)

Jann said...

Nice!! You're making me miss Yellowstone, even more...

Janie said...

All are amazing captures. The heron, the swans. I especially love the bald eagle and the red-tailed hawk. Wonderful detail!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Bill: Outstanding bird captures, the hawk and eagle photos where really nice.

sunnymama said...

Wow! These are awesome birds. Great shots. I love the first one of the blue heron. :)