February 14, 2014 Grand Isle, Louisiana

Osprey on post
Osprey

Finally, beautiful weather has returned, sunny and warm with a gentle breeze and blue skies! So up on the roof I go to replace the turret on my Winegard satellite dish. My hoped for ladder never materialized, so had to do a little improvising to get the unit up on the roof and get the old one down without breaking anything, including myself. Probably spent a couple of hours on the project and didn’t have any major problems except for one adjustment plate that had to be reused but did not match up perfectly with the corresponding part of the replacement turret.

Climb back down the ladder, go in and power the system up, the unit raises up, circles, and circles, and circles, then spits out a new error message “ AZ motor stalled”. Turn the power off and it starts to stow itself but now can’t and we are stuck with the new error message and a dish in the upright position that now won’t stow. Too late to call Winegard so this saga will continue tomorrow.

 

Osprey
Osprey
Osprey on post
Osprey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drove up to Fourchon with a little success, finding an osprey with it’s specked trout lunch.

Flotilla of white pelicans
Flotilla of white pelicans
Shorebirds
Feast!

 

This flotilla of white pelicans was only 100 feet from the gathering of white ibis, snowy egrets, great egrets and roseate spoonbills that were really working this area hard. Obviously, there either were a mess of shrimp in this area or a large amount of baitfish. On this trip, with the road work preventing me from pulling over, I have missed an awful lot of opportunities to shoot mass gatherings of birds such as this.

Black crowned night heron
Black crowned night heron
Black crowned night heron
Black crowned night heron
Black crowned night heron
Black crowned night heron

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “February 14, 2014 Grand Isle, Louisiana”

  1. Wonderful action shots of the osprey–did he take the fish’s head off before he started flying away? Love seeing the night herons too!

    1. He was sitting atop a utility pole chowing down when I first saw him. I assume that ospreys must be like bears, they eat the brains first, perhaps? I couldn’t get any shots of it because of the pull over restrictions on the road here, but I witnessed a peregrine falcon go after another osprey carrying a fish, really neat to see the aerial maneuvers they went through before I had passed by. Would love to have caught some of that action. Every day, weather permitting, I drive a section of 2 lane highway between Grande Isle, which is at the end of the road, and the start of the Skyway, about 16 miles away, looking for birds to shoot. In the past, anytime I saw anything, I could pull off the road on the tiny bit of shoulder that is there ( since there is water only feet from the road’s edge on both sides all along all 16 miles, thus all the wading birds and ospreys ), but this year, they are working on almost the entire length of the road and have continuous 2 foot tall berms of crushed stone on the edge of the road waiting to be graded out, but preventing anyone from stopping until they finish the road work. It is VERY frustrating missing all the possible shots I have to drive by. On yesterday’s drive, I passed 7 different ospreys, 4of which were dining on fish. Oh well, maybe next time I am here.

      Each morning when I drive out of the park looking for my diving pelicans, there is one night heron always on duty at the exact same spot next to a culvert on the park entrance road. I usually get him standing at the edge of the water as the sun rises before he flies off into the bushes to roost for the day.

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