Osprey and Herons

by John Briggs on April 13, 2008

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Weekend Birding

This weekend started out dreary, with rain, wind and temps in the upper 30’s. Although forecasters were calling for fog, drizzle and a few wet snowflakes for Sunday morning, I was surprised to find clear skies when I woke up this morning at 5:30 a.m. Rousing Sharon from her slumber, we went for our morning coffee and decided to go to the “Abby”, where 10,000+ waterfowl have been reported on the Maine BirdList.

Traveling through Bath, heading towards Bodoinham, clouds began to overspread the area. My main objective was to photograph birds. After a few choice words, we decided to head south to Popham Beach where skies looked clear. It was a race against the clouds and the clouds won! At times the sun would peek through, but it would be at the wrong time.

Near the Winnegance Bridge, an Adult Bald Eagle was soaring in circles approx. 300 feet in the air, with a 2nd year Bald Eagle soaring under the adult approx. 100 feet in the air. The marshes near Popham Beach greeted us with an unusual sight. A Northern Harrier sat on a pice of driftwood watching four Great Blue Herons feeding not more than 30 yards away.

We did record impressive numbers of Great Blue Herons. From the Winnegance Bridge to Popham Beach, we recorded 50+ GBH. Our tally for Sunday April 13th, 2008:

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Ring-Necked Duck
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-Breasted Merganser
  • Common Loon (including one calling this morning at home.)
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Mallard
  • Black Duck
  • Green-Winged Teal
  • Common Eider
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Sharp-Shinned Hawk
  • Northern Harrier
  • Osprey
  • 2nd Year Bald Eagle
  • Adult Bald Eagle
  • Blue jay
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Black-Capped Chickadee
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Tree Swallow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle

Enjoy the few bird photographs that I did manage to get, including the pair of Osprey tending their nest.

I am working on putting together, by numerous requests, a two part series on how I get my bird photographs. The first part will deal with preparation and how to find birds. The second part will deal with equipment and camera settings.


Great Blue Heron - Phippsburg, Maine. Osprey - Bath, Maine. Osprey - Bath, Maine.
Osprey - Bath, Maine. Osprey - Bath, Maine. Osprey - Bath, Maine.
Osprey - Bath, Maine. Pileated Woodpecker - Bath, Maine.

 Happy birding!


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