Wednesday, May 24, 2006

FANTASTIC VIEWS FROM THE TENNESSEE RIVER

The Bald Eagle in flight. Like our nation, it is the symbol of freedom. And we, as a nation, need to be proud of this bird. It has represented the tenacity for freedom that we, as a nation, have fought for and died for. The Star Spangled Banner and the Bald Eagle are as one. What patriot could burn the flag? Would they drive a stake through the heart of a Bald Eagle also. Our nation is certainly represented by a noble and impressive bird. Our country's symbol of freedom. The Bald Eagle adult. Mom is perched high above a nest observing my boat as I slowly and quietly move toward the river bank under the nest tree. An enormous Bald Eagle nest. A Volkswagen could fit inside this structure. And this is what is in the nest. In the nest was this handsome Bald Eagle fledgling. It is a privilige to be able to capture this magnificent young bird on film. The opportunity may never come along again. This is a possible once in a lifetime photo of a Bald Eagle fledgling about a week from flight. Simply magnificent!! A Sand Piper struts along the shore line searching for bugs and These Cliff Swallow nests were found under an interstate bridge on the Tennessee River. One can see the little bird's white chest feathers through the hole in the first nest. This is a design of nature to indicate to other birds that the nest is occupied and to seek refuge elseware. No trip down any river system is complete without observing the Black Vulture at work. This one is picking on the bones of a dead fish. Wonderful garbage collecters. The Prothonotary Warbler. It is found in wooded wetlands and not a bird seen every day. This gorgeous little guy was found in a narrow, dead end cove just South of the Ft Loudoun Dam on the Tennessee River. The Prothonotary Warbler is a territorial little bird and very beautiful to observe. This one has been captured on camera just as it lofted itself into flight.