You can see seven nests in this picture alone which gives you a little idea of how far away I was. There was a lovely little bench to sit on and watch.
Mama or dad came by to feed four of the "babies". This was probably the largest number I saw in one nest and they looked like they were ready to flee at any time. You can see how big they are already. Amazing how much they grew in the one week from when Joe took his pictures!
While I was watching, many tree swallows were whizzing by and one even dipped into the water. They move sooo fast, they are hard to photograph.
When I first got there, an adult Bald Eagle flew over off in the distance. Later I noticed this very large black bird with lots of white underfeathers and thought it might be a juvenile Bald Eagle as it was so dark. It was!
Here is another closer picture of the Eagle as he flew over. It is so nice to have seen so many of these birds in different areas over the past couple of years. Hopefully, they will make it back to my list of "trash" birds soon (ones that are so common, you don't take their picture anymore). They are so elegant, it is hard to imagine I won't keep snapping though!
On my way back to my car, I stopped at the Dragonfly Pond to sit and watch the Canada Geese with their goslings.
This Blue Winged Teal was swimming around on the far side of the pond.
I was using my camera to scan the edge of the pond on the far side and spotted these very well camouflaged Hooded Mergansers, mom and three or four little Mergansers who were already getting their combs.