Monday, January 18, 2010

Eagle Day

My wife was the one who spotted it, on a deer carcas that our dog Bear has been visiting since it was hit by a car about a week ago.  (I was surprised to see that it had drug itself so far out into the field before it died)
At first we just watched it though my binoculars, then I decided to try to get some pictures.  A few years ago the Bald Eagles started showing up in our area. Seen far and few between and mostly juvinile birds (which are easy to assume are Turkey Buzzards).  This is the first time I have been able to photograph a mature bird. 
From my driveway all I could see was a speck, in the photo it is a little above and to the left of center.

So I drove down the road snapping pictures as I tried to get as close as possible.

I tried to blow up the image but it wouldn't come out very clear.  It is actually sitting on what's left of the carcas.  Bear has hauled all of it's broken legs home (which I have had to dispose of ) and I am sure the local coyote population has had a meal or so too.

As I inched closer it stopped feeding.

And after this photo it took off, (while I was trying to adjust the camera to it's optimum settings, and so missed the whole take-off and flight). 
I hope it comes back tomorrow.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I hope so, too!

Wow! What a thrill!


ps Thanks for your great comments, encouragement, and words of support you've given me over at my blog. They are much appreciated :)

warren said...

Thrilling indeed!