Where Eagles dare … to sit still for quite a while and pose — that must be Kingston peninsula! Not only had we watched that old movie the night before … but when we drove up to the peninsula the following evening, we met this guy! It was an unbelievable feeling — not only to see him … to live the moment when he looked me straight in the eyes, but also that he stayed there long enough, allowing me to change lens! An unforgettable evening! We went out because it was rather hot in the apartment and also, this time in June there are usually fields full of lupines up there … intense purple, pink and white! Now — no such thing this year, those fields had been cut. That didn’t matter — it was just as nice to see the Osprey fishing in the creek! Here he’s got his supper…

We continued on for a bit, following the creek, where we sometimes have seen both Ospreys and Eagles be down for a drink of water … hoping!

At one point, I happened to look up … and there he was, sitting on top of a spruce! I had the 18-200mm lens on, but I sneaked out of the car, and started to walk towards it, as silently as I could, while shooting all the time.

When I’d taken quite a few pictures and he hadn’t moved, I thought … Β«I’ll take my chances …go back and change to the longer lens!Β»

Well, this must have been my lucky night — at least with regards to eagle photography — he stayed there, and I could even walk up to a better vantage point. Here are two more πŸ™‚ [all clickable for better viewing]

The day before, we’d been to see friends from Quebec, who were visiting family in Fredericton. We didn’t go all the way up to Fredericton — we’d decided to meet in Oromocto, a place that I’d only seen from the highway before. After we’d had coffee and chatted for quite a bit, we drove up along Saint John River to see the place where Ann grew up. We were really close to the river all the time, and could see the cows out on the little islands … In the summertime, the farmers bring the cows on barges out on those islands … allowing them to graze there in peace and quiet … and it sure looked peaceful!

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  1. John

    Great photos, and love the map too. I see what must be ice breakers in one of the two channels, either side of the island. Great post!

  2. reb

    Thank you, John! It’s a nice place to go …it’s peaceful there and many birds. The ferry ride is nice too. In the winter one has to go farther up to get there, because the closest ferry is closed down during winter. Can’t have been ice breakers πŸ™‚

  3. adinparadise

    What stunning photos; the detail is amazing. You must have been ‘over the moon’ that he stayed for so long and even looked right at you. πŸ˜‰ That river scene with the cows grazing, looks so idyllic.

    1. reb

      Yes, I was over the moon … could hardly believe it, when I looked through all the pictures.

      It was very idyllic along the river …so green..

  4. magsx2

    Fantastic photos, and the one with the eagle holding the fish is just amazing, that is a Wow shot. πŸ˜€
    Looks like a beautiful place to go, and I love the idea of the cows on the island as well.

    1. reb

      Hi Mags, and thanks!
      I’ve seen pictures of when they transport the cows on a barge and it looks so cool! πŸ™‚

  5. Vicky

    I’ve never even seen an eagle in the wild, never mind capture one on camera.

    1. reb

      Until I came here, eight years ago, I hadn’t either. I could never have dreamt of that I’d see one in real life … only in my dreams, and let alone taking pictures of them. I never cease to feel gratitude when I look at a bald eagle, even though I’ve seen quite a few now …. I’m always in awe.

      1. Vicky

        I can only imagine what an amazing feeling that must be to see a wild one. It’s quite something to see one at a raptor rescue.

        1. reb

          I remember, before I moved, an American friend told me they had a Bald Eagle’s nest just behind where she lived, out in Idaho. I thought that was so incredible — such an iconic bird, and sort of realized that I’d only see them in pictures … How little we know! πŸ˜‰

  6. Touch2Touch

    You’ve outdone yourself, Rebekah. Those eagles are — as you say, incredible. And there you have one posing just for you! Gorgeous.

  7. barb19

    How excited you must have felt when that eagle looked at you straight in the eyes – a moment you will never forget! I like the shot of the osprey that caught a fish – it’s a great action shot.
    Brilliant photography Rebekah!

    1. reb

      Thank you, Barb! Days like that are good reminders of how thankful I am… to be here, and own a camera πŸ™‚
      The Osprey is a brilliant fisher! I watched him hover over the water, then he made the dive … imagine the speed they’re able to get in the dive! I don’t know how they do it…

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  10. Juliana

    I cannot imagine being able to see a real eagle. And to photograph him. What an experience.

    I remember seeing cattle in Hawaii. One pasture had a fence on 3 sides. The 4th side was the ocean. Pretty awesome.

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