Saturday, April 26, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS AND BIRD D'POT

I will be in and out today and as I always have the moderation feature on to prevent spam, your comment may take a little while to appear.  Thank you to everyone who visits my blog.  I always enjoy reading your comments.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who are following.

I would obviously rather see these magnificent birds in the wild, but when we visitied the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Florida, we were afforded the opportunity of seeing a pair of Bald Eagles close up.  They were living at the park after being injured.  


 This park is  a rehabilitation center not only for manatees but for all kinds of birds, many of which are released back into the wild.  If that isn't impossible, then they will be given a home here for the rest of their natural lives.

 
 To be in such close proximity to them was a real privilege and one I will always be grateful for.










  











Last night, once again, I had a dream
About an eagle in the blue,
And just like all the other dreams,
Right above my head it flew.

In every dream of it I had,
It landed somewhere close by,
And each time, I was so excited
For the beauty that caught my eye.

Our national emblem gracing the sky
For so long I yearned to see,
And envied those fortunate enough
To see him on the wing, being free.

When I awoke from the glorious dreams,
Some disappointment I did feel.
But then I overcame with happiness,
For the dreams had seemed so real.

Majestic Dreams
by
Stacy Smith

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41 comments:

Harry Flashman said...

I had a lot of relatives in Florida when I was little. One of them, an Uncle, had a cabin on the river and we used to go to that park a lot. There was a big old pink hippo that lived in a pool there. I heard a few years back they were going to move the hippo out because he didn't "fit in." I hope they didn't, he'd lived there all his life. I liked the manatee, and observation place where the manatee who had been hit by boats recovered.

My wife and I traveled a lot in England from 1982-1985 as we were stationed in Naples, Italy and went up there on leave every December.

Elephant's Child said...

Stunning birds - and a privilege to see. Glad to hear that they are cared for too.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Very handsome birds! I've never seen an eagle in the wild.

Ginny said...

Your Bald Eagle photos are really grand! Brilliant and clear, and wonderful detail up close. I see the dangerous curve on that beak, and he still has a fierce and wild look. You must have had a wonderful time!

Karen said...

Beautiful shots and a lovely poem.

Naquillity said...

stunning photos... love that you got to see them up close like that... i had an opportunity to see an immature bald eagle in a tree and then in flight. i have posted a pic on my blog if you'd like to see him... http://naquillity.blogspot.com/2014/04/immature-bald-eagle.html maybe one day we'll see, more prominently, the eagles in nature. hope all is well. have a great day~

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos ! I have photos of them flying around and over our house and valley , I would love to get photos of them up close but being in the wild they are just to skittish lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

Carver said...

Wow, these are fantastic shots and that would be incredible to be so close to these magnificent birds. Great poem to accompany the shots.

Sandra said...

awesome shots of the eagles. I would love to see them but it is sad they have to live there. i am glad they have a place to take care of them... love the poem.. they are so majestic.

TexWisGirl said...

just magnificent! so glad they are well-tended and protected there.

Debbie said...

oh denise, i feel the exact same way about zoo's and confinement for these beauties. but when they are rescued/saved, it makes my heart smile. i do believe most of these places treat the animals well and that they respect them!!

your images are stunning, it is nice to get an up close look of this magnificent bird!!

Janet Shaw said...

Fabulous Photos! :)

Bob Bushell said...

The Bald Eagle, isn't it nice. Well photographed, and the best I thought, was number 4, really great.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, awesome closeups of these magnificent birds. It is great that the injured birds have a home they can feel safe in.. Great post!
Thanks for sharing your post with my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

Janie said...

They are magnificent birds. Thanks for the great close-ups!

Karen said...

Wow! Fabulous captures Denise.

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW!! These are stunning shots and it must have been wonderful to be this close to such a bird. Have a wonderful weekend.

lina@a happy family said...

Amazing bird. Admire your shots, Denise.

Ida said...

Wow! I would love to be this close to an Eagle. They are just breath taking. I have a friend who lives in Homosassa, she's never mentioned this place. Guess I'll have to ask her if she's been there. Thank you for sharing your awesome photos.

gigihawaii said...

What a magnificent species! And the eagle you photographed looks so healthy.

William Kendall said...

They're magnificent birds. So fierce and majestic looking.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Nice poem. You can see them in the wild along the Potomac. The guys working on the new WW bridge saw a nesting pair every day and named them George and Martha because Mt Vernon is so close to the bridge.

Also we have an Eagle preserve out Gunston Road in Lorton. When I worked as a docent at Gunston Hall, I saw them occasionally. They are so huge.

Adam said...

I always wanted to see a bald eagle in person

Ranita Sinha said...

A bird with an attitude..:)

Christian Weiß said...

A very powerful bird and beautiful photos.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Well done. I think we need to see these birds free, but when they are injured...
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

A truly truly stunning bird Denise - I shall have to added to my favourites along with owls and seagulls. :)

Brian King said...

These guys are fantastic! I've only seen one in the wild.

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

Excellent close-ups - I love the last five images. Wishing them a speedy recovery so they can soar once more - but in the meantime the rehabilitiation centre obviously does great work - and you got the opportunity to see the birds close up, which would have been almost impossible in the wild.

Ela said...

Wonderful photos !!!

Valerie said...

Fabulous birds and pictures, Denise. Sad that they were injured but at least the centre will save them from suffering.

Stewart M said...

Great looking birds - good to see they are being looked after.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

EG CameraGirl said...

How COOL to see an eagle so up close!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Bald Eagle have made a comeback in my area. It still fills me with awe to see and hear them. Beautiful.

SeagullSuzie said...

A beautiful post. I agree that it's always good to see and enjoy these types of animals close up but sad that they are there due to injury. Sounds like a great rehabilitation center. Love the poem too.

Anne Jeffries said...

So majestic. I want to break out in a verse of "America the Beautiful"

Anni said...

I would take seeing an eagle up close no matter WHERE they are. Fabulous photos!!

Mimsie said...

Magnificent birds...fantastic photos and thanks for sharing with us.
As an Aussie I've often wonder why 'bald' eagles when they have such lush features on their heads. Were they perhaps named for or by a Mr Bald?
When my daughter and her hubby were in Sitka Alaska last year they were delighted when a pair of bald eagles made their appearance several times right outside their holiday house.

Jeanne said...

Oh wow!! Those are beautiful shots of the Bald Eagle. Lucky you could get so close!

Kay said...

They are such magnificent birds. Strange... I've been getting spam coming through lately too. I wonder why.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They are so regal -- and you'd never get those amazing facial expressions even if you got a good shot of one in the wild (or at least I wouldn't). Rehab facilities are so great!