Lots of Eagles on the Hudson

Mom, what are you doing down there?  Preening, dear.  You can do it, too.

Mom, what are you doing down there? Preening, dear. You can do it, too.

One of them really does have a fish.  At one point there were ten young eagles here.

One of them really does have a fish. At one point there were ten young eagles here.

Young eagles are everywhere right now

Young eagles are everywhere right now

Barred owl did manage to open an eye.

Barred owl did manage to open an eye.

Tufted titmouse in the snow

Tufted titmouse in the snow

Red-tailed hawks continue to welcome folks who come into Croton Point Park.

Red-tailed hawks continue to welcome folks who come into Croton Point Park.

Hudson River Ice

Yes, there is ice on the Hudson.  We have waited for over a year.  The eagles are everywhere.  I only made a few stops today.  There were 3 eagles in Croton Point Park, 3 at Furnace Dock, 5 in Verplanck, 5 on the ice off the pier at Fleishmann’s.

I think this is a first year bird, but you can see a lot of white because the bird is soaked

I think this is a first year bird, but you can see a lot of white because the bird is soaked

Definitely a mature eagle enjoying the ice and the sun

Definitely a mature eagle enjoying the ice and the sun

Not an eagle, but definitely eating ice

Not an eagle, but definitely eating ice

And ’tis the month of love and nest rebuilding.  Our own pale male is setting up the nest for his mate.

Six or seven year old male red tailed hawk

Six or seven year old male red tailed hawk

Red tail with sticks Feb 2013-2

Bringing it on home

 

 

Hudson River EagleFest 2013 is Over

…but the eagles are still here.  Congratulations to Teatown Lake Reservation and First Niagara Bank for putting on a great show.  I even managed to get a few eagle pictures at the Croton Train Station Boat Ramp late in the day –  low tide  –  great light  –  hungry eagles.  Who said eagles don’t swim?

Hudson River EagleFest 2013-1

Hudson River EagleFest 2013-2

Hudson River EagleFest 2013-3

Hudson River EagleFest 2013-4

Hudson River EagleFest 2013-5

Hudson River EagleFest 2013-6

Hudson River EagleFest 2013-7

Snow Business

Getting ready for the Big Blizzard of ’13.  I needed a few more pictures for my Teatown Hudson River EagleFest (now Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013) presentation, For the Eagles.  Thankfully, I went out yesterday on my rounds.  George’s Island eagles did appear just as I drove up.  They knew I needed to fill in a blank slide.  The Verplanck/Fleishmann’s Pier eagles may need some anger management.   An adult and immature did a flyover Annsville Paddlesport Park going west.  They landed in the trees at the entrance to Fort Smith in support of our troops.

There are eagles at George's Island this year.  We were beginning to worry

There are eagles at George’s Island this year. We were beginning to worry

These kids are driving me crazy.  Funny thing is that the branch could barely hold the adult.  The immature really wobbled for a minute then took after the mature.

These kids are driving me crazy. Funny thing is that the branch could barely hold the adult. The immature really wobbled for a minute then took after the mature.

Forgot to show what that youngster really caught when it swooped down into the river a few days ago.

Forgot to show what that youngster really caught when it swooped down into the river a few days ago.

Love Is In the Air

After a few days of warmth, the cold air is back, but the eagles are heating up the sky.  Enjoy the sequence.  And I put in some perched pictures, too.

Coming in for a landing

Coming in for a landing

Eagles Feb 2013-5

… up in the air

Eagles Feb 2013-6

Touchdown

Eagles Feb 2013-7

Once more ….

.... with feeling

…. with feeling, or discussion … notice the beaks

There will be eggs somewhere even though this male seems quite young

There will be eggs somewhere even though this male seems quite young

I'm looking over ...

I’m looking over …

.... this guy

…. this guy

The would not be complete without seeing My Gal

The day would not be complete without seeing My Gal