Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019

Halloween is Getting Closer

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Cool fog on the way to work yesterday morning. I wish I could have taken more
photos – but work beckoned 🙂 I did actually get inspired to write a Haiku. I haven’t written one in years.

Fog creeps through the trees
Across the desolate field
Murder of crows rise!

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Spooky!

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019

The Hills are Alive … with Color!

There is nowhere like New Hampshire in the fall! Here are a few shots that I took over the weekend! These are all local shots – there is no way I would head north this past weekend! The traffic was insane! Bumper to Bumper up in the White Mountains. I feel blessed to have great foliage right at my doorstep!

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PS – and Halloween is Coming . . . 🙂

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019

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Happy Autumn – Happy October!

October is my favorite month! I love the foliage and the crispness to the air. (I also love Halloween – but that will be the focus of another blog.)
I wish the season last a good 6 months. The foliage has not been too colorful this year – the leaves seem to be dropping off the trees before they can really burst with color. Perhaps it is because of the dry weather we have been having. It is raining a little today – but we have not been having a lot of rain.

The past few days – I have been looking for color – below are a few of the better shots.

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Enjoy the Day!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019

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Happy Full Harvest Moon / Friday the 13th

Having a full moon on Friday the 13th is rare. It will not happen again for 30 years.

I went out and caught the moon rising over the tree tops and through the light clouds. It was around 7:30 pm. I was hoping to get some shots down by the river – but when I was about to head leave my car and walk the short distance to Dustin Island – a car passed me and then pulled over and just stayed there. I didn’t like that – not knowing what they were up to – so I put the tripod and my camera back in the car and drove down the road and pulled over in a parking lot close to the main road and snapped the shots. I would have been braver if I were not alone. It was just getting dark – and I always try to be very aware of my surroundings.

Even though – I wasn’t taking the shots where I intended – but I am happy with the results.

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I love “shooting the moon.” Have a great evening!

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019

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Aaaahhh! Newfound Lake

Yesterday, my mom, Aunt Mary Jane and I returned from 2 lovely weeks lakeside! This year, we decided to upgrade to the cabin with a private beach and private fire pit. The first few days were a tad too warm and humid for my mom and me – but Aunt Mary Jane loves that type of weather. Most of the two weeks – the weather cooperated – there were a few showers and thunder storms – but nothing all day. There were a couple cooler days – my favorite.

This year, my sister Mary Beth rented the cabin behind us for a week and her son Christopher and grandson Lucian spent much of the week there as well.

Family friends – Beth & Will Dixon own a cabin right on the water in the same association so we were able to spend time with them too. Also – we helped them celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the 9th. Their daughter Sarah brought them a delicious gluten free chocolate and mousse cake from Bread & Chocolate. It was so yummy.

Good times! It is our family’s most favorite lake! I hope all are having a wonderful summer!

Debbie 🙂

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

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The Eaglets are Flying

I checked the nest a couple days and found it empty.  It was eerily silent and empty.  I figured that I would most likely not see the babies (who all are grown up now) again.

Yesterday, I swung by the nest hoping that I would see something.  When I arrived there was one eaglet in a branch above the nest.  I was very surprised.  I was hoping to see it fly and get a picture – but no such luck.  I needed to leave to get my sister – so I picked her up and brought her to my mom’s and returned to the nest.  The eaglet was now in the nest and eating lunch.  I must have missed one of the parents dropping off food.  I watched the young eagle eat and then it looked in the distance and before I knew it – the dad flew into the nest.

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The dad and young eagle were busy eating when from below was hear the screeching  of the other young eagle.  I then notice it in a tree limb below the nest.  It was very vocal.  A bluejay was bombarding it and the eagle finally took off and flew around to the back of the nest to join its sibling and father in the feast.

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Dad did a bit more housekeeping as the young eagles ate.   He stayed a while longer and ate a bit himself – before flying off.  A thunder storm came in so I left.  The two young eagles were still in the nest.  I am sure that their time back at the nest now that they are flying will be rarer and rare.  I certainly will miss watching them.  It has been an exciting spring.  I hope they both make it.  The first year is the hardest.  The parents will most likely keep an eye on them for a while to make sure they are doing ok – as long as they know where they are.  It is a very vocal time.  I still am amazed that we have eagles so close to home.  I would have never dreamed of seeing them being in NH let alone nesting in New Hampshire, when I was growing up.

 

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 21, 2019

June 21, 2019

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Happy First Day of Summer!

I took today and Monday off from work – for a mini-vacation. I spent part of the day at the local eagle nest. It was raining this morning and cloudy most of the day; but, the eaglets were enjoying their day. It won’t be long before they fly. In the photo above – they were both enjoying a strong breeze.

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They have started a little branching (jumping up and landing on a branch or back into the nest. Their mom dropped them off lunch (looked like fish).

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The Sr. Biologist at NH Audubon said it won’t be long before they fly a couple weeks or less. He also said one may go earlier than the other. When they do fly off – I hope I see them a little in the area before they head off into parts unknown. I will really miss seeing them.

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 8, 2019

June 8, 2019

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Bears and Eagles – Oh My!

We have heard of bears in my mom’s yard for years – but it has only been since last year (thanks to my trail camera that I have set up there) that we have had photographic proof of bears wandering through her yard – which is far from wilderness.  Luckily – the bear(s) has not done any damage since my mom took in her feeders.  She did lose a couple suet feeders before we knew what was happening.  I put up the trail camera that I had taken down for the winter and we had proof that a bear was getting her suet.

My Uncle Ralph was visiting from Texas when we got the first photos of a bear this year.  It is a pretty big bear too.  No cubs – so that is a good thing because mother bears with cubs in the neighborhood would be a bit unsettling given how protective a mamma bear can be.

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Of course – I must give a quick update about the eaglets.  Both eaglets appear to be growing quickly and doing well.  Today – I was there and one of the parents brought in lunch.  I watched for over an hour.  The parent was busy shredding whatever lunch was.  One of the chicks was not a sharer.  It reminded me of the seagulls in FINDING NEMO – “Mine!  Mine!  Mine!”

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If you want to watch a short 10 second video that I took today – click here:

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Have a great month, everyone!

 

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 26, 2019

May 26, 2019

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The Nest is Hopping

The local eagle nest is hopping with activity lately. This weekend, I saw that there are two eaglets! I am so happy that this year – I have such a great view of the nest! I take the photos from the comfort of my car. Yes – my car! There is an awesome view. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I could be so close to a bald eagle’s nest.

In the photo above, I was watching one of the eaglets who was looking out from the front of the nest. All of a sudden, it looked intently in the distant and screeched. I knew one of the parents must be coming in and sure enough, the female arrived with a gray squirrel for lunch! (See top photo.)

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Yesterday – was my first visual of two eaglets. I have only been noticing one – so was thrilled to find out that there were two. Another birder stopped by and told me he saw two – so I was glad I was able to see them too. They grow so quickly. The photos below were taking today.

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I feel so blessed to watch this particular eagle pair and their young. I have been watching them for 5 seasons. It is just so wonderful that bald eagles have made such a comeback. The proud mom seen below. I didn’t get a clear shot of the bands – but I do believe it is her (Orange C/K). She has a black mark on her band which I believe I did see.

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019

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Grey Ghost Encounter

Yesterday – I had something happen that has been on my wish list for many years – to get a good look and decent photo of a male Northern Harrier! The male is also referred to as a Grey Ghost (for its gray coloring, etc.). It is also a very elusive bird here in New Hampshire. I have only seen one male years ago and it caught me completely by surprise so I only managed a distant photo of its backside. When it passed me it did look at me (I think it laughed at me – lol)and the image has been seared into my brain.

Yesterday, I was at Horseshoe Pond in Concord – seeing if I could see any good ducks, a snow goose, osprey or an eagle. I was looking at the geese when I noticed a strange bird hovering and working the edge of the pond across from me. It didn’t take me long to hear my inside voice screaming “Grey Ghost!” It was about 3:00 pm, and I watched it work the pond.

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At one point, it landed on the shore and appeared to be eating something as the geese looked on. It took off after a while and flew to the north end of the pond. The photo below also shows the tell-tale white-rump patch of a Northern Harrier.

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To my amazement – the Grey Ghost flew right over my head! I was spinning around like a lunatic trying to get a shot in focus (wires and tree limbs were in the way). He was also flying too close for my huge lens. Luckily – he felt pity on me and circled back so I could get some decent shots. My favorite shot is the shot at the beginning of this post. If you want to see other photos – click my Flickr photostream link on the right of my blog.

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