Walking yesterday (Earth Day) along the Willamette River, raptors filled the sky, flowers opened their colors and the first baby geese left their nests.

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Why an idiot? As i was walking around the Mill Race Pond, a movement flashed above my left side … WHAM! A huge osprey, hit the inflow near a bridge not 20ft away. A fish in feet with wings upward, it pushed off and up quickly away, while I stood there camera in hand too stunned to take a picture. I had watched osprey fish from a distance, but this was ‘i could touch it; i could hear the splash; i could see fish details”. This ranks up there with being woke by a killer whale pod in San Juans about the same distance away. I immediately called my dad to tell him about it; sure he thought I was going to jump through cell line with excitement.

I was standing at the fence and the osprey dove between bridge and rapids

But, no pics … I walked on intent to not miss another. Flowers were so much easier for camera to capture.

Raptors filled the sky two different times. Once, crows were chasing a hawk away from their nests (the left pic below), and another group of crows chased a bald eagle down river (sadly, no good pic). Turkey vultures circled higher above and I was even able to a perched capture one.

Herons hunted along the mill race shore and the first baby geese waddled away from their nests but never far from watchful parent.

A scrub jay perched on a wire and a little camera zoom catches it

What a day – WOW!


  1. Your camera is going to break from being on “overload!” What does the Jay need those claws for? I wonder if our Blue Jays have them too? Thanks for such great pictures.

  2. Michael, your pictures are excellent, allowing the viewer to feel as they were there seeing it….falling into the actual location.
    Thank you so much!

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