Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Weekend Birding and IAS Board Meeting at Turkey Run: Bird Photography Weekly

This past weekend I attended the January board meeting of the Indiana Audubon Society at Turkey Run State Park. I am the new treasurer of the organization and this was my first meeting as a board member. While most of the weekend was spent getting all our plans together for the next year, I did manage to sneak in some birding!

On Saturday morning, a local birder and board member, Alan Bruner, led us on an eagle watching field trip to a local roost site. As the birds come off their roost, they fly down Sugar Creek to go fishing on the Wabash River. We were able to watch 17 eagles fly right over head as they head out for the day to feed. After a long day of meetings, we ended just in time for a group of us to drive out to a spot where a Golden Eagle is known to roost. After fighting muddy conditions and almost getting stuck multiple times, we were treated to fanatic views of a juvenile Golden Eagle as it soared around a field before heading to its roost for the night!

We started our board meetings early the next morning which was fine since the steady rain was not conducive to birding. Before the meeting, Alan told me about a spot that he had recently found a Long-eared Owl and we decided to try to find it again. A few other board members were also interested in seeing the owl so they joined us. It didn’t take us long to find a beautiful Long-eared Owl perched in a pine tree. Just as I was about to snap my first picture, the owl took off and I missed out on an awesome shot! While we continued to see the owl in flight for the rest of our hike, we never did see it perched again. This was only the second time I have ever seen a Long-eared Owl and it was a lifer for some people that were with us.

Just before returning to the parking lot, we heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch. This very friendly individual approached us quite closely and allowed me to get some good pictures despite how dark it was in the thick cover of the evergreens.

We will be making some exciting changes at Indiana Audubon. Be sure to stay up-to-date on our website at

Red-breasted Nuthatch


eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a wonderful day, a golden eagle, long eared owl and the cute red breasted nuthatch. They are all wonderful birds. Great shot of the nuthatch.

mick said...

It sounds like good planning for the IAS and you certainly managed to get in some great birding over the week-end. Nice photo too.

Bob Kaufman said...

Wow you really had a full day of birding. The nuthatch photo is charming!

Larry said...

Great shot of the Red-breasted Nuthatch Rob and congrats on your new post with your Audubon Chapter. We need good young guys like you in the Audubon!

I would have loved seeing the young Golden Eagle. They are not that common you know.

Kelly said...

...congrats on your position as treasurer and new board member! That is very exciting. You will definitely get things done. Beautiful photo of the nuthatch...and 17 eagles at the same time! Wow!!

Ali said...

Sounds like an excited time bird watching! I love the nuthatch, they are so lovely =)