It is a tiny strip of land which juts into the water at Northport. Every year my husband and I visit this place and have a picnic. We are early this year. The far western portion of Prince Edward Island still has lots of snow, so our picnic was among the melting drifts. While the breeze was cold, the setting was invigorating.
There is nothing like a cup of tea in the great outdoors. Today, the heat of the mug warms our hands. We enjoyed our sandwiches as if they were a gourmet meal, the bread made the previous day. We listened to the lap of the water and the birds. No need for conversation.
The gulls were busy around the water, talking to each other while we enjoyed lunch. Normally, we watch the boats go by too, but we are a few weeks early this year. In the distance we can see the activity in the port around the wharf as fishers prepare for the season.
Then a group of three juvenile bald eagles take our attention. The eagles circle the area, scanning for any movement on the sand or in the snow. They cross the water and disappear on the opposite shore for a few minutes but come back again. Two circle each other closely in what could be an aggressive move, then disappear in the trees nearby.
One reappears and plays with a sea gull. They circle each other high above us and take turns chasing each other. They glide on the breeze sometimes, in an effortless use of the air currents. They are birds at play.
You couldn’t pay for the experience.
I think you guys must be fighting cabin fever in these early trips. Sue actually accompanied me to the grocery store yesterday just to get out of the house after three days in. She does not love grocery shopping.
Thanks for the pictures. I see a lot of birds up there, too, using all the heavy wind currents. Silly children.
Wonderful captures on that eagle!
Ohh what a great shot of the birds!! Such majestic creatures! It's melting nicely over there. We too have some snow around yet! Have a great week!!
I love when a simple sandwich tastes so happy as that.
What a magnificent final photo!
Wish I had been with you except I don't have a "real" winter coat.
Those eagles are truly magnificent birds. The weather here has suddenly changed to summer, though I expect it'll turn back again in a week or so.
Love that final shot.
How I would adore being able to soar with the eagles (or indeed any soaring bird).
I am so grateful that you take us on your picnics.
i know exactly what you mean about "not being able to pay for the experience"!! most of the most wonderful experiences in life are free!!
gorgeous, thrilling images!!
That was a great picnic in good company!
Love the bird!
What a wonderful excursion you had. And I agree that hot tea consumed outdoors is lovely. I think I'll carry a thermos on my hike today so I can have one, too. Love the shots of the birds at play. :-)
Sounds and looks like a delightful outing.
A great picnic, a great bird show and all you had to do was show up. A wonderful day!
Wow how lucky to see the eagles and to get photos, well done, Take care Diane
I think we are too, AC.
They look like they are enjoying it, Joanne.
It was, Mage.
Thanks, William. He was a beauty.
Snow again tonight, Angela.
A simple sandwich can be elevated by the setting, HW.
That bird was magnificent, Debra.
You’d need a winter coat here, Barbara.
Snow again here tonight, John. Warmer next week!
That bird was magnificent, EC.
My favourites times, other than with family, are in nature and cost nothing, Debbie!
It was a wonderful picnic, Catarina.
That cup of tea was exceptional, Jan.
It was Mildred.
It was so good to be out again in spite of the cold, Bill.
They were beautiful floating on the currents, Diane
The best thing you said was that you can't pay for this experience. That is so true, Marie! That's how I so often feel about what I see while out-n-about. I especially love that you have a picnic even when there is still snow!!! :)
You make me want to visit a place like that very much. And the pictures of those birds are amazing.
That eagle photo is great!!
Determination after the cold and snow gets us out, even though the snow still lingers, Ginnie.
The birds stole the show that day, Ratty.
What amazing shots, Marie. You did well!
Thanks Jenny. The birds put on a show for us.
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