Posts Tagged ‘Eaglets

05
Jun
13

Eagle Season

This time of year, May through early July, Eagles stay near their nests to care for their Eaglets.  It makes it somewhat easier to get photos of them.  This year, however, getting a good shot or even an opportunity at a good shot has proven illusive.  With the workweek winding down and the weather looking better this weekend than the past several weekends, hopefully that illusive shot will present itself.

It isn’t for lack of trying or from not being where they are that I haven’t been getting shots.  In the shot below an Eagle and an Osprey can be seen working the same patch of lake, but on the other side of the lake from where I was.

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That same Eagle then flew across the lake toward its nest, but took the long way, avoiding the spot where I hid.

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Not that I’m complaining, because I very much appreciate living in an area of the world where I can see these birds, I’m just trying to impress upon you, my dear followers, that by early July the Eaglets will fledge and then it will be more difficult to get photos of Eagles.

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14
May
13

Bald Eagle: Just Around Suppertime

While this nest is one of the easiest to view, the lighting never seems right and with cloudy, rainy conditions when I tried to shoot these photos, I was again disappointed with the lighting.

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This Eagle flew in bringing a fish to the young.

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She landed on the nest and proceeded to feed her Eaglets.

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I counted at least two Eaglets on the nest.  Eventually, the other adult Bald Eagle flew in, but with the sun already down and the light fading the shots didn’t turn out very well.

23
Apr
12

Bald Eagle Carrying Food to the Nest

With having to return to work today, last evening was the last chance for this weekend to capture anymore eagle shots.  I had a very good weekend photographing many small birds; bluebirds, cardinals, a piper I haven’t identified yet, geese, ducks, whitetail deer, warblers of varying kinds, some thrushes and finally an eagle flew right over my spot.

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Bald Eagles are opportunists; fishing, hunting or scavenging for food.  I have many photos of eagles scavenging road-killed deer as well as photos of them fishing.  These are the first photos I have of an eagle showing they can hunt as well.  Hidden behind a bush which prevented them from seeing me as they flew back across the lake toward their nest this eagle flew directly over me carrying an American Coot or what we call a marsh hen.  The American Coot pictured below is from my picture archive taken in March of 2009.  Coots are a favorite meal of Bald Eagles.

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Since this bird is carrying food back to the nest it also means their eaglets have hatched.  The eaglets will hatch around the last week of March to the first week of April.  They grow quickly, requiring the parents to make more and more trips with food back to the nest.  Last night as I sat photographing they made four trips in and out of the nest, bringing back a coot each time.

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Right as this eagle reached the tree-line and disappeared he spotted me.  The three other trips made into the nest took a different route, but I still got some nice shots as they carried food back to the young.

21
Jun
10

On Father’s Day

How was my father’s fathers day?  Well, his son showed up and did stuff ‘round the house.  We changed the oil and oil filter on the riding lawn mower.  Then I rode around the yard and picked up all the sticks and branches that fell from the trees because of the storms this weekend.  Then we fixed my mom’s windmill in the backyard.  Then we cut down a pair of trees that had grown too big and too close to the storage shed.  All before lunch.

I had also gone out to the Eagle’s nest near my parent’s early that morning.

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The Eaglets can still be seen on the nest.  If you look in lower right corner of the next picture you can see one of them as it moved around the nest.

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The Eaglets should leave the nest within the next few weeks, which will make getting Eagle shots more of random encounter than a planned event.

25
Jul
08

Cherokee Morning Song

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Cherokee Morning Song

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22
Jul
08

Eagle’s Nests

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An Eagle’s nest resembles a large pile of sticks lodged in the top of a tree.

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An older nest like this one is easy to spot because of the size.

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A newer nest, which was started just this spring, like the one at the top left of the picture is harder to spot.

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If you look closely you can see one of the eaglets sitting on the nest.  There are two eaglets on this nest but there only seems to be one adult.

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The eaglets won’t get their distinctive white heads and tails until they are about three to five years of age.

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When they will look like the proud parent…




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