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February 17, 2014 Grand Isle, Louisiana

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Some Nice Shots Inside the State Park

I was able to get some nice shots this morning at sunrise of the black crowned night heron at the park entrance flying back to his roost. Also found an osprey, a white ibis devouring a crab, and a tri color heron, all inside the park.

As always, just click on any image to get a larger, sharper version.

Tri colored heron

Tri colored heron

yellow helicopter

A different kind of bird overhead

One of the disadvantages of this campground is the almost constant noise of oil support vessels and helicopters roaring about 24 hours a day delivering goods and workers to the offshore rigs.

Osprey at the sushi bar

Osprey at the sushi bar

 

 

Black crowned night heron yawning

Black crowned night heron yawning

Black crowned night heron

Black crowned night heron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White ibis with crab

White ibis with crab

 

White ibis with crab

White ibis with crab

The Winegard Saga Continues

Later, I got in touch with Winegard and was told that the “AZ motor stalled” error message I got after the last fix, wasn’t good, and that I probably will need a second replacement unit. He suggested, as a very last resort, that I manually stow it and then power up and recalibrate. So, up on the roof yet again and manually stowed the unit. Back down and turned the power on and recalibrated the system, all to no avail. At this point, I am fed up with this process, so I went on the internet to find an authorized Winegard dealer around New Orleans and it turns out there is one in Metarie. I called Winegard one last time, waited two hours for the call to be returned, told them I was done fooling around with their system and I wanted the entire system replaced by the dealer in Metarie. They actually agreed to do just that, so, I now have an appointment for 8 AM next Monday to finally ( I hope ) get this sorry experience behind me.

OhNoMyKeyboardQuit!

In the middle of all this, my Mac keyboard began dying this AM. First, the “i” key failed. OK, “me” can work around that. Uh oh, now the comma key won’t work well that’s not good but lots of people don’t punctuate all that well so “me” can live with that “me” guess. Oh crap now the “8” the ”i” the ”k” and the comma all don’t worc plus now a row of numerals also has qu1t.Reallynowthespacekeyhasqu1t.T1meforanewkeyboard“me”guess!Nosatell1tteTVandnowno wayto1ntell1gentlycommun1catebyema1lorsearchthe1nternetfor1nfojustwonderful!

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Osprey at the sushi bar

Osprey at the sushi bar

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

 

 

 

 

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Black crowned night heron returning to roost

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

February 9, 2014 Grand Isle, Louisiana

 

Birds and Boats

Black crowned night heron

Black crowned night heron

Ventured out early this AM in search of birds but didn’t have a lot of luck so far as quantity goes. This night heron was waiting for me roadside at the entrance of the state park.

Irritated osprey

Irritated osprey

And I did get one very nice shot of an osprey that I apparently upset by my presence. I was actually trying to get closer to some spoonbills and didn’t notice him until the last minute. From his glaring expression, I sense that I must have irritated him.

King rail

King rail

I also came upon a first for me, a King Rail.

Fourchon fishing fleet

Fourchon fishing fleet

Double D boat reflections

Double D reflections

I then drove around Port Fourchon again and did some boat shots, I liked the ripple reflections on the side of the ” Double D “.

Reflections

even did some artistic shots!

MarineAbstract

Then back home to work on image processing.

January 15, 2014 Galveston Island, Texas

Galveston Raptors

Black shouldered kites

Black shouldered kites

As always, just click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Got a late start this morning, not leaving the campsite until around 11 AM. Absolutely perfect weather, clear blue skies, mid 60’s with a gentle breeze, could not be nicer!

I took the short ride up to 13 mile Road and then headed north on Stewart Road looking for white-tailed kites ( formerly known as black shouldered kites ) and other raptors seen often on the edges of the cow pastures here.

Black shouldered kite

Black shouldered kite

Black shouldered kite

Black shouldered kite

 

 

 

 

 

 

It didn’t take too long before a pair of kites was spotted surveying their territory from the very top of a large tree on the edge of the road.

I took the 8 Mile Road out to the bay looking for meadowlarks and kestrels, but came up empty today. Plenty of sandhill cranes out in the fields though, but after Bosque del Apache, not much of a target for me.

Leaving Stewart Road, I headed north on Seawall Blvd. through town to the end of the island in search of Northern Harriers and other hawks that frequent the meadows on the northwest side of the storm barrier.

Male Northern Harrier

Male Northern Harrier

Today I had a shot at (to me ) the rare and elusive male northern harrier, but only managed to get this bird butt shot, hopefully I will run into him again. Though I find female northern harriers virtually everywhere, this is the only place I have ever encountered a male, often referred to as the grey ghost, an absolutely stunning bird.

Osprey on post

Osprey

I checked out the entrance to the ship channel, but as it was low tide, most of the shore birds were out on the sandbars, too far off to shoot, although I did happen upon this osprey perched atop a utility pole .

Black shouldered kites

Black shouldered kites

Black shouldered kites

Black shouldered kites