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New Year’s Day 2015

January 3, 2015

Steider Studios.Juvenile Bald Eagle in flight.Lyle Point.1.1.15

As in years past I took a New Year’s Day hike to enjoy nature & see what interesting critters I could find outside, in spite of the cold 13º when I left the house.

Steider Studios.Bingen Pond

It was a gorgeous sunny clear day and a friend was willing to brave the cold with me.  We started at Bingen Marina, looking for swans at the Pond.

Steider Studios.Quail at Bingen Marina

There wasn’t a swan in site, but we found a flurry of activity from Quails scavenging for food under the fallen leaves near the picnic tables.

Steider Studios.Quail Group at Bingen Marina

Usually they manage to hide in brush before I can grab my camera so I was happy to catch them. I should’ve counted, but I think there were at least a dozen!

Steider Studios.Lewis's Woodpecker at Rowland Lake.1.1.15

We made a quick stop at Rowland Lake where we watched two pair of Lewis’s Woodpeckers.

Steider Studios.Lewis's Woodpecker.Rowland Lake.1.1.15

I love these gorgeous birds and am always thrilled to see them.  Other than the woodpeckers, it was fairly quiet at the lake.

Steider Studios.Merganser.Across From.Rowland Lake.1.1.15

A couple dozen waterfowl swam on the south side of Rowland Lake.  Until they heard my car stop.

Steider Studios.Juvenile Bald Eagle in tree.Lyle Point.1.1.15

This time of year, the main event is Bald Eagles!  This juvenile was pretty close to the road, but camouflaged by all the branches.

Steider Studios.Juvenile Bald Eagle eating.Lyle Point.1.1.15

No wonder he stayed and let me photograph, he didn’t want to leave his breakfast!

Steider Studios.Bald Eagle Juvenile.1.1.15

Another Bald Eagle juvenile near the beach let me get pretty close.  He seemed just as curious about me as I was about him.

Steider Studios.Trio of Bald Eagles.Balfour.1.1.15

Balfour was our next stop as that’s where many Eagles congregate.  I counted close to two dozen eagles, mostly soaring high overhead.  It’s difficult to get close enough for great photography at Balfour.

Steider Studios.Juvenile Bald Eagle.Balfour.1.1.15

This juvenile at was pretty close to the hiking path and I love the contrast of blue sky.

Steider Studios.Acorn Woodpecker.Balfour.1.1.15

My biggest surprise at Balfour was finding my first Acorn Woodpecker. I sure hope he’s still there when I return so I can get a better picture.  He was so fast, I just took what I could get of him!

Steider Studios.Goldfinch.Hood River Marina.1.1.15

Our last stop of the day was the Hood River Marina where a flock of sweet little Goldfinches were lunching on a tree by the river.

Steider Studios.Heron.HRMarina.1.1.15

Our last bird of the day, was a Great Blue Heron who let us take his portrait.  We crept as close as we dared, then left him in peace.

Happy New Year everyone!  I think my goal for this year is to inspire you to get out and enjoy nature more!!  xoxoxo

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