adventures in nature

a bald and white Christmas in PA

Yes, Christmas will always be bald and white for me with regard to one definition of those terms at this point in my life, but this particular Christmas we were treated to other, more fun benefactors of those descriptors –  a snowy Christmas eve yielded a white Christmas morning, and we got quite a show by some local nesting bald eagles.

adult bald eagle 01

adult bald eagle 01

These are presumably the same birds that have been nesting at this site for the past few years not far from my parent’s house in PA (see my post from last year here). It’s great to see them still successfully using this nest as it is more exposed and closer to human activity than most nests. This is actually a GOOD thing, as it indicates that most of the other more ideal nesting spots and territories around the Susquehanna River are already taken by breeding pairs.

adult bald eagle 02

adult bald eagle 02

adult bald eagle 03

adult bald eagle 03

The snow also allowed us to see who was using the landscape … snow tracks! It’s far from wilderness here, but this beautiful agricultural area still has quite a bit of wildlife that manages to survive in an area that continues to have more and more human development replace farms and forests. We were still able to find the tracks in the nearly melted snow of white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbit, and two red fox – and ultimately I was able to find what I think is the red fox den! A couple of red-tailed hawks were hunting in the cold air above us, and we spooked a coopers hawk with a meal from its perch in a grove of fir trees.

red fox tracks

red fox tracks

red fox den

red fox den

2 responses

  1. Ann Prentiss

    I so appreciate your sharing your work with us, Zach. You are truly a gifted photographer. Wishing you perfect lighting in the new year to continue capturing these magic moments.

    December 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    • Thank you for the nice note and for taking time to look at my blog – happy new year to you!

      December 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

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