Quackers

By far, there were more Mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) than anything else at the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area during my recent visit. Most of the time, they were farther away from the road, but I did manage to find a few individuals and pairs that were close enough for some photography:         [...]

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Closeup Red-tailed Hawk Encounter

While cruising the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, I pulled over beside the road to check out the area with my binoculars. As I came to a stop, a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) flew up from the marshy flora and began to fly away from the area. I had been oblivious to him being there, as [...]

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A Fishing Lesson

Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis) were quite active when the water was not frozen over at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area (during the cold mornings, the gulls were seen flying and fishing over the nearby Missouri River. Here is a sequence I shot of one Ring-billed Gull as he fished the area’s waters:         [...]

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A Hunting Harrier at Sunset

One evening during my recent trip to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, a lone juvenile Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) was very actively hunting with the sun beginning to set. Staying inside and using my vehicle as a blind, the harrier got pretty close to the car and obliged me with some nice images with the lovely [...]

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Fun Friday: Back Seat Driver

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) photo taken at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area (Missouri)         Online-Photography-Classes.com

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Take a Gander …

at the goose and the gander. Not surprising, one of the most abundant birds we found at Eagle Bluffs CA (central MO) this past weekend was the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). Considering our unusually warm and mild winter (except for last weekend!), I usually see small groups of the geese anytime I drive away from [...]

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Early Sandhills

Some of the fun birds we saw at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area (Missouri) were some early-migrating Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis). I didn’t see any on the first evening in the area, but found these two adults on Day 2:       On Day 3, we not only saw 2 adults, but 3 juveniles that [...]

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American White Pelicans

Last Friday I traveled out-of-town to Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, just outside Columbia, Missouri. I had never visited here before, so I wasn’t sure what I would find. But recent reports indicated quite a few birds were migrating into the area. Of particular interest, it had been reported that several Short-Eared Owls had been very [...]

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