A couple of weeks ago, I persuaded my Mom to join me on a bird picture taking adventure (which, by the way, was not a difficult task to accomplish!) so we hopped in the Jeep and headed to Chattanooga for the day. I think we were both getting a little stir crazy from Covid and itching to get out.
Our first stop, after a long and winding road, was Nickajack Dam, where the Cormorants were dipping and diving in the Tennessee River.
We stayed there for a good while, and then made our way over to Marion Park, where the Osprey were quite active. I was glad to get the chance to take some pictures of these beauties, since my Osprey photos from the Florida trip didn’t turn out that great.
Some of the Osprey were hovering in the air as they hunted, doing a bit of a bird ballet…
…while others were flying off with their prize “in hand.”
When they decide to dive, they are quite fast, so I was pleased to get this one as it splashed into the water…
…and then emerged with fresh fish for lunch. I wish the background had been less busy, but hey, you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit, right?
While it was delightful (as always) to get out and enjoy beautiful scenery and take pictures of the birds, what made the day truly special was getting to share it with my Mom.
Now I need to start thinking about where our next adventure will be!