Monday, October 12, 2009

Great Hawk Watch Cruise

Thanks to David Rose who sent this osprey image to share with everyone. Look closely and you'll see that his raptor was successful catching a rather large fish. It's a great image to go along with the reports from the River Gorge Explorer crew. A special Hawk Watch cruise took place on Saturday and evidently several birds made great appearances.

Here is one report from Aquarium naturalist John Dever: "Saturday's raptor cruise went very well highlighted by comfortable conditions and the appearance of two immature bald eagles,one chased by a cooper's hawk, several kingfishers, one osprey, several wild turkeys, crows, jays and two sandpipers. The onboared computer has a great new raptor slideshow that we made good use of with Aquarium bird expert Kevin Calhoon telling passengers about the specifics of each species. To top it all off , two mature bald eagles appeared on our return past Brown's Ferry."

October can be a great time to check out these awesome birds of prey and spectacular fall color. Here's a view of last year's scenery taken by Jerry Waddell of Video Ideas in Chattanooga:






Book your seats for fall color cruises aboard the River Gorge Explorer here: http://www.tnaqua.org/RiverGorgeExplorer/RiverGorgeExplorer.aspx

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