Friday, November 30, 2012

Bald Eagles!

What a wonderful surprise I've discovered! Less than a mile from my property are several Bald Eagles over-wintering. I can't imagine that this is their first winter here, but then again I don't know how I've missed them for the past ten years...  With the trees now bear of leaves, their large shape and distinguishing white head make them easy to spot. I've become a little obsessed the past couple of days trying to get a good shot of the birds, but my long distance lens is old and lacks any image stabilization. So...I have to set up the tripod, focus-in and by then they've caught on to me and move on to another location. I have got a few good shots though and surely by the end of the winter, I'll have many more to share!



Info on the Bald Eagle form Cornell:

The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that. Bald Eagles can live a long time, with a longevity record of 28 years in the wild and 36 years in captivity. Though often solitary, Bald Eagles congregate by the scores or even the hundreds at communal roosts and feeding sites, particularly in winter. Adult Bald Eagles have white heads and tails with dark brown bodies and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow. Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails; their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white in varying amounts. Young birds attain adult plumage in about five years.









I've noticed the juvenile eagles are definitely more active. The older birds tend to glide through the air then perch high on a tree and focus on their prey. The immature eagles seem to be less focused and more interested in having a good time (sounds a lot like a teenager). According to Cornell, younger eagles spend their first 4 years exploring vast territories and can fly hundreds of miles in a day.




24 comments:

  1. Cool photos of the eagles. They are always a treat to see.

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  2. Oh my gosh! I can just image your delight! You've gotten some great shots already. So looking forward to seeing future images! Yay!

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  3. It's great to explore and suddendly discover amazing things. Great pictures Rebecca, don't apologise for your equipment, the shots are fine.

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  4. I am soooooooooooo jealous!!! Eagles, of all birds. Such wonderful images. I've just become obsessed recently - of photographing birds, so I can empathize with you on trying to get a 'perfect' picture when the birds know you're there and move on all too quickly.

    Thanks for linking up this week at the Bird D'Pot. Have a glorious week ahead!

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  5. i am jealous! i've never seen a bald eagle in the wild! we have the caracara here (mexican eagle) but rarely are bald eagles sighted here. :)

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  6. Great shots of the Bald Eagles Rebecca! I am particularly fond of the juvies in their mock aerial battle! Good stuff!

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  7. Awww, those are great shots of gorgeous birds!

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  8. nice eagles out there:) Dropping by from" Our world Tuesday" My entry: challenges: willyouhearfromme.blogspot.com

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  9. Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. That is so cool!! There are some red tailed hawks near me, but I would love to see a wild Eagle!

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  11. So lovely to see your post!
    Happy WBW!

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  12. Wow, look at your eagles fly. Special to have them near you.

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  13. Great photos of the eagles and I hope you can take many more photos in the next few months.

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  14. What a treat to be able to photograph these majestic birds.

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  15. Great catch on the eagles! Could they be a threat to your chickens or are the chickens fenced in at the top as well?

    PS. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I forwarded your blog to two friends who recently acquired chickens. We were pouring over your pictures this morning.

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  16. Lucky Lucky you! Great captures!!

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  17. Watch your flock, A friend lost his flock of tame ducks to the baldies. I also watch them harrass herons stealing their catch.

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  18. I've only seen the Bald Eagle in the wild once. You are so lucky to have them so close for watching and photographing.
    As far as the photos - I think you are off to a great start. I'd be happy with these. :)

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  19. Wonderful set of shots - I have not yet managed to get any decent shots of our eagles!

    Cheers and thanks for lining to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  20. one of the worlds most charasmatic, majestic and renowned birds..... I will see this species one day, so in the mean time I will continue to see images from across the pond

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  21. That is a treat. I have never seen one on person so I really enjoyed your post as you can hear your excitement. Wonderful post for this week's Nature Notes Rebecca.. thank you.. Michelle

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  22. A really nice post. What a great thrill to eagles anytime! I love your series of shots.

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