Yellowstone 2016 - a family of elk grazing quietly by the roadside.
This big guy was alerting his herd to danger - what a great sound!
He crossed the river to confront the interloper.
Osprey Fish for Dinner
Osprey with Fish
Another osprey, in another location - Bayou Lacombe. These birds are majestic at flight.
Spotted this guy on our recent return trip through the Bayou - stunning! Hopefully, they have decided to return to our area after being dissuaded by human activities (see eagle posting below).
Resting Bald Eagle
This huge bird just sat there while we all were in awe, totally unfazed at all the attention. It was a rare and wonderful treat to see this a few years ago. There used to be a nest near us, but after some neighbors set off a huge fireworks display nearby, they moved away. We do impact our world with our activities besides with humans and need to be more mindful of these activities, on so many levels.
Kingfisher at rest
Such an oddity to see these little birds at rest. Most of the time they are flitting and chirping all over the bayou!
Kingfisher at Sunset
These birds perch on the edges of trees to dive into the water for their catch. They are shy and quick.
Brown Booby in Lake Pontchartrain
When I asked for my friends' help in identifying this bird, and they told me "brown booby", I thought they were messing with me. But they were not! Indeed, it also was an unusual sighting in Lake Pontchartrain back in 2014 when I took this photograph, but now I hear that they are being sighted elsewhere.
I find these birds to be very shy, but this one landed on our little tree and just watched me for awhile. They are so pretty.
I love the look on the watchful pelican, as if he is saying "what ARE you doing?!"
Great Blue Heron Exploring
At sunset in Bay Breeze, AL, we watched this gorgeous, huge great blue heron dance on this tiny, single piling, looking for his next meal.
Hummingbirds in Flight
These little birds are amazing to watch. I wish I had their energy!
Birds on a Pier at Sunset
Another lovely Slidell sunset on Lake Pontchartrain.
A stunning autumn day for birdwatching, with this great blue heron bristling at the passing white heron!