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

 

 

 

January 25, 2014 (a second post) Anahuac NWR

Redtail hawk
Redtail hawk

Sun melted all the ice away by 10 AM and I decided to return to Anahuac NWR to check on birds and see if some nice weather might have brought some in. It did!

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

There appears to be a lot more water in Anahuac than I remember there being in the past, perhaps they got a little relief from their long drought this summer? Anyhow, lots of snow geese and greater white-fronted geese in the fields and more ducks than I have seen here before, all of these birds are staying out of range though.

Common moorhen
Common moorhen
Common moorhen
Common moorhen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons of coots and some common moorhens mixed in with them in the canals. I like the colorful matching beak and legs on these guys.

Snowy egret
Snowy egret
Great blue heron in flight before sunrise
Great blue heron in flight
Snowy egret landing
Snowy egret landing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great blue herons, great egrets, and snowy egrets abound.

Saw a male northern harrier on two occasions but just couldn’t react quick enough to get a good shot. Someday!

Redtail hawk liftoff !
Redtail hawk liftoff !

I did manage a couple of nice flight shots of an immature red tail hawk ( I think that is what this is, I am not very good with my hawk ID’s, especially youngsters )

Krider's redtail hawk in flight
Krider’s redtail hawk in flight

and one nice flight shot of what I was told is a Krider’s red tail hawk, that one is not even in my bird book!

White ibis landing
White ibis landing

A few white ibis rounded out a good day at Anahuac NWR.

Brown pelican head on
Brown pelican head on
White ibis landing
White ibis landing
Snowy egret
Snowy egret

 

 

 

 

 

Snowy egret
Snowy egret
Snowy egret
Snowy egret
Snowy egret
Snowy egret