Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Eel River Wildlife Area


The last time we went here we saw...hm, nothing? It was a few months ago, crazy windy and freezing cold. (it was still really windy and cold the other day) But there were a couple hours sans rain on Monday, so we decided to try it out again. The winter rain had totally transformed the place - lots of water, lots of waterfowl. Skywatch

I watched what I thought were two geese doing the deed, but realized when I grabbed the binos, it was actually a Red-tailed hawk, Peregrine Falcon, and Northern Harrier fighting - badass!! I think the red-tailed had snagged the peregrine's duck lunch, and the harrier just happened to be right there. Gnarly stuff. The peregrine was in and out flushing up all sorts of stuff after that. Those birds are pretty awesome.
There were tons of swallows (violet greens, cliff, trees, northern rough winged) all over the place, flying right in front of us. Also a couple obligatory harriers, surf scoters, savannah sparrows, common mergansers, shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, green winged teal, cinnamon teal, scaup, canada geese, etc. Completely different than when we were there last time. Plus, the clouds were all pretty lookin.' I didn't bring the 500 with me because it was really windy and cold and I didn't feel like carrying it.

32 comments:

Dan said...

Wow this looks a really remote place, bet it's fab in the summer!
Really feeling the cold in your posts at the moment!! Brrrr!
Must have been great to see those fighting hawks!
Dan
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LV said...

Birds or no birds, your post for today was very nice. All your photos really reflect the area really well. Thank you for your visit and comment.

Judy said...

I would love to have seen that. That does look like a very remote and beautiful area.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a serene place this is and your images show the stillness and calming spirit that I know must be present~

Woody said...

Pretty amazing to SEE a hawk, falcon, and a harrier in one sitting, let alone have them battle over lunch! Cool shots. It looks like a great place to get lost.

caite said...

what fantastic skies!

Kelly said...

...incredibly beautiful scenery, and then to top it off with such a spectacular display--must have made your heart skip a beat or two. I know it would have mine!

cat said...

What a fantastic place and lovely photos of it :)

Clytie said...

Such a serene beautiful remote place ... to see such drama! What a wonderful day.

Kcalpesh said...

The place is so serene! The clouds are so dramatic! It must have been a really wonderful experience to be in such a beautiful place!

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ewok1993 said...

I love that last image a lot. The composition is so perfect.

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific looking place! And that had to be exciting watching the hawk, falcon and harrier fighting! Love the skies and all that wonderful green! Great post for the day! Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Sylvia

Carol said...

Beautiful scenic shots...would have loved to see those birds!

Pearl Maple said...

Lovely views across the horzion there, looks like nature turned on a spring party for you.

Helena said...

These are gorgeous shots! It looks like an awesome place to spend time. :)

uberrhund said...

Beautiful views! Amazing how fast it all changes and fills with life !

Spiderdama said...

Looks like a really wonderful place to be. The last pic is so peacefull and great.
Have a nice evening:-)

Regina said...

Beautiful clear skies and countryside.
Great shots!
Happy weekend.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful blue sky over the field.

Carver said...

What a beautiful place. The sky is so beautiful and so is the whole rural feel of the landscape. I had to laugh about your story regarding what you thought was mating and then realized it was fighting. I often make that mistake (with animals). All of your shots are so beautiful. I was admiring the birds in the post after this and the periwinkle in the post before this one too.

Ebie said...

Hi Jill, there's always nature and beauty around you! Those clouds are just gorgeous!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that sounds like an exciting scene. Beautiful photos, Jill!

Eaglesbrother said...

Beautiful scenery and some very great clouds.

zem said...

So peaceful and beautiful. I feel like getting my hiking stuff out.

Karen said...

Love those big, billowy clouds !!!

Great shots..

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Carolyn Ford said...

I love the green green green! And, then the fence...super! And, the lunch war must have been something spectacular to witness!

J Bar said...

Good cloud shots.
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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: So nice to get a beautiful cloudy sky day.

Pat said...

Gorgeous landscapes and sky! I love the big puffy clouds-upon clouds.

Laura Hegfield said...

Beautiful!

Carletta said...

I love my mountains but it is sometimes good to see the wide open spaces and be reminded how beautiful it really is everywhere. :)
Beautiful shots!

Marites said...

i really love wide green spaces. Perhaps because i'm from the city. This place looks remote but it sure looks very nice and you captured it very well.