the eagle has landed

I’m a bit over my head at the moment, so I’ll just toss this moment frozen in time when Momma (or Dad?) Bald Eagle just finished feeding the young one and flew to another spot. Baby Bald can just be seen blending into the shadows in the bottom left corner, head turned toward the departing parent. Sorry, but this is again a very heavy crop because of the distance I’m shooting to get these magnificent birds.eagle-4836Wishing everyone a happy landing!!! :D

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21 thoughts on “the eagle has landed

    • This shot was one of those utterly amazing moments of magic… of course, I was clicking away like crazy. Can’t remember how many shots I snapped in the roughly twenty minutes I sat there. (Lots!)

    • I stay inside the car to keep from disturbing the birds and being able to steady the longer lens on the windowsill is a bonus. Wish the young’un showed up better, but he’s hiding back there in the dappled shade.

    • Thanks, Chilli. I’ve been gone for a few days, heading North up the coast, so I’m eager to get back to the nest to see what’s happening. Maybe tomorrow?

    • Thanks, Jerry. I think I have a sense now of what Phil refers to when he says he can judge when the birds are about to take off. I just started clicking, but I was expecting yet another butt shot. This one was so utterly worth all the other disappointing ones.

  1. Am I mistaken? Your Eagle appears to have dinner in his talons….a fish? or do I halucinate. In any and all events it is a marvelous thrill of a moment you found and captured forever. All this wild going on around us, wow.
    There are Woodpecker familiars at a nearby telephone pole to my gallery who have Swiss-cheesed the top~~ to the point of drooping the fat bar of supported cables to 12-13 feet, for passing 11-12 foot trucks. The Electric Company bundled wires together to hold them up, and identified it as an emergency which will absolutely be attended to in 6-9 months. But yesterday the Woodpeckers were all comotioned by their roost, and it wasn’t an Eagle but a magnificent huge Cooper’s Hawk done it. The point, somewhat delayed, that it is always impossible to know who to root for, these episodes where everybody is eating everybody else. I fear that I cleave to the magnificent, wanting them happy and prospering. Though I also pity their meals. And to think we live among such potent drama. Well done, Gunta.

    • No, I don’t think it has dinner at that moment. He or she had just finished feeding the young ‘un and flew off to that near by branch. The claws are ready to latch onto the branch in this shot. Your story of the woodpeckers sounds a bit scary. I’ve had some working on the power pole at the end of my driveway. It’s all fantastic drama when you come right down to it. :)

    • Thanks! I was clicking like crazy once I saw him/her take off. Never expected him to land on that nearby branch, but it turned into some great timing.

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