Somehow my little red camera and I finally got closer to the Eagle traffic flying across the bridge at Napoleon, Ohio!
My subject looks to be an older juvenile, judging from the mottling still present on his magnificent wings and the spotting on his head. Eagles can live as long as 30 years, and they don’t acquire their full coloring until after the age of four.
At any time in the Summer, Fall, or Spring, it’s easy to find Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Gulls, White Egrets, and others looking to catch fish that cascade over the dams near Defiance and Grand Rapids, Ohio.
Take a look:
And everybody always finds enough to eat!
All Photos at this blog are from the Out-of-Camera personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
When a Great Blue Heron’s instinct to fly off is obeyed, his wings literally appear to grow out from his body as they come unfurled before straightening completely to gain more lift.
The amazing, powerful-looking connection of bone structure to body and wing is apparent, here (ABOVE). Also visible are the stout, brownish-yellowish upper legs and the long, black skinny lower legs to which are attached stick-like feet that allow this bird to walk steadily in the water as he searches for fish.
Out-of-camera photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg