It's nice to be surrounded by so much of nature when we are at our marina. I've noticed that the older I get (have gotten), the more I enjoy and appreciate nature. It has been our habit for the past three years to go to the boat on Thursday evenings to make a long weekend out of them all through the summer. Even if I have to run back to my work on Friday mornings, it's such a break to get to the boat & the sight and sounds of the birds are truly heartwarming.
Makes me feel good and I wanted to share a few photos of these pretty birds with you :-)
There are a large number of Ospreys in the area, with a nesting pair very close to the boat. I'm always fascinated by these majestic animals and stop to watch them in flight. Here's one circling overhead in search of a meal;
I was able to capture some video of this guy capturing his meal - a big fish;
We also have a few Great Blue Herons fishing and flying around. Interesting to watch these guys move along so s l o w l e y in search of their prey;
This one looks like the male, as he/it is larger than the one in the previous photo. Either that, or just older? Note the big goose in the distance. I think these guys have some sort of territory thing going on, with the Herons keeping to themselves;
Yet another batch of young gooses. Sure, they look cute when they're little, but grow up to be continuous poop machines :-(
And they tend to show up in numbers, so their poop droppings can really 'pile' up ;-) Hey! Thayt's not even funny. . .