Posts Tagged ‘bald eagle’

Another bald eagle story..

January 31, 2007

kalyan sent me this link…I really don’t know whether to laugh at the greed, or cry at the death….

A bald visitor to the Sambandhi’s home…..

January 29, 2007

I posted about how I missed the first Bald Eagle event (Jan 14th) at Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, St Louis, when it got cancelled due to the ice storm. I then waited eagerly for a week, and we went to Alton, Illinois, on Jan 22nd to see the eagles in their riverine habitat. We had to stand about mile away to see them, standing in the freezing cold, turning an enraptured blue….

And then, today, I get an email from my son-in-law’s mom in Portland, Maine, which goes as follows:

“I was just getting out of the shower when the phone rang and it was
Laurie Jensen next door asking what kind of bird that was in one of
our birches, devouring a duck. Take a look!”

A bald eagle had caught a duck, and was sitting in the birches on the edge of her front lawn, eating it!

She is not a wildlife photographer…but she rushed for a camera, and though it was low light, she took a few hurried shots…here they are. These birch trees are on her lawn, which faces the Atlantic…they are about 50 ft from her window….here the photos are:

The eagle stops to look directly into the lens…with the kind of vision it has, the bird probably took in every detail of LS’ home, camera, even the number of her eyelashes (eagles would be able to read fine newsprint across the length of a football field)….

Bald Eagle - Blow ups

Having decided that the photographer is not a threat, the bird then stoops back to its meal (it’s a duck that the eagle has caught)

Bald Eagle - Blow ups

And the meal then proceeds….

Bald Eagle - Blow ups

I sat at those same windows in that house for 4 days…of course the bald eagle did not visit until de Ponti Murphy left and had taken a lot of trouble to see its brothers and sisters elsewhere!

The Bald Eagles

January 27, 2007

Gosh, this jet lag means no sleep at the “right” times…so I decided to post the bald eagle photos before going off for my walk…Photos by KM. The camera had a lot of trouble midway through and we were lucky to get any pics at all.

We went to Alton and before we were taken to the eagle habitat by bus, we went to see a captive bald eagle on the hand of his trainer, at the Visitors’ Center.

Here he is, McGuire the bald eagle, in all his majesty…he is named after the famous baseball player. He lives in Milwaukee.

Bald Eagle, Alton, 21 Jan 07

several more pics here


January 21, 2007

The bald eagles are just amazing birds….World Bird Sanctuary, Illinois, was where we went to see them.

The Canon developed some trouble (wouldn’t you know it) just as we were approaching the riverine habitat, and the pictures….are not going to be great. But being me I will still post some of them…

We were able to see adults and juveniles, we saw them fishing and just sitting on the ice (yes, it was cold enough today that part of the river was frozen over, at least on the surface).

This is the most majestic bird of prey I have ever seen.(Admittedly, I haven’t seen TOO many!)

It’s very late so I will probably post some pictures tomorrow if I find time…weekends are hectic times in this country…work happens through the week, and life happens at weekends!