Wanamassa Birds

I frequently stroll the streets of Wanamassa, NJ, with camera at the ready to take pictures of birds.

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Pied-Billed Grebes! (and Empty Eagle's Nest)

I went down to Manasquan Reservoir in Howell this afternoon. It was the first day of daylight savings time and the weather cooperated beautifully. But the eagles didn't. They were nowhere to be seen. No young have hatched this year, so I suppose there's not a lot of incentive for them to hang around the nest. The thinking is that the new female is still rather immature and she may have lacked the experience to look after the eggs properly.

While waiting in vain for one or other of them to appear, I noticed a duck-like bird on the water quite close-by. I was struck by how long it was spending under the water each time it dived, so I elected to take some pictures. I had both C-8 adaptors on the front of the camera for this shot -- I was, of course, prepared to take eagle shots from a great distance -- so I'm rather pleased at just how good a shot it is:

That's the male bird. Later, with just one C-8 on the front of the camera, I was able to get this picture of the female:

For the record, the eagle's nest is very easy to see at this time of year, with most of the trees not yet covered in foliage. Here's a shot from the causeway with just one C-8 on the front:


Blogger Jane said...

Hi Dave. Thanks for the pie-billed grebe photos. They helped me and my husband identify a female who landed on our pond a few days ago.

We live in south-east Missouri, about 70 miles outside St. Louis (Sullivan), and have 10 acres with a pond right outside the back door, and although it leaks, we still retain enough water to have lots of frogs and some ducks and geese occasionally.

Right now we have a pair of Canadas, a pair of woodies, and one female grebe. I thought she was a baby goose at first, but we finally got a close enough look at her with binoculars to figure out she wasn't a duck or a goose. We were in a total quandary until I found your site and we made a positive ID from your photos. Thanks!

Jane Williams

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